The Kremlin previously pointed out that the topic of Ukraine's accession to the EU “lies on a different plane” than membership in NATO. Now, according to Dmitry Polyansky, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Moscow's position has changed alt=”Russia announced a change of position on the issue of Ukraine's accession to the EU” />
Russia's position on Kyiv's desire to join the EU has changed, now it is similar to the position on Ukraine's accession to NATO. This was stated by Deputy Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyansky in an interview with UnHerd.
So, in response to a journalist's question about Russia's position on Ukraine's accession to the EU, Polyansky said that the position changed after the statement of the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, that “this war must be won on the battlefields.”
According to him, Russia's position on Ukraine has also changed after the increase in arms transfers from the EU, which “became more like NATO.”
Borrell tweeted April 9 : “This war must be won on the battlefield.”
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, naming its goals the protection of the population from “genocide”, “denazification”; and “demilitarization”. President Vladimir Putin called this operation a necessary measure. He stressed that the occupation of the country is not included in Moscow's plans.
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After the outbreak of the conflict, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for the country's accession to the European Union and invited Brussels “immediately” start this process under the accelerated procedure. Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, in particular, supported Ukraine's early entry into the EU.
Also, Russia and Ukraine have already held several rounds of peace talks. For Moscow, the key topic of these negotiations & mdash; the return of Ukraine to a neutral status, that is, the refusal of the country's entry into NATO.
On March 29, the head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said that Kyiv proposed to include in the agreement with Russia the wording that Moscow would not be against Ukraine's entry into the European Union. The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that the topic of Ukraine's accession to the EU “lies on a different plane.” In turn, Kyiv stated that it was ready to discuss the issue of a neutral status along with the issue of providing security guarantees to Ukraine.
During an informal European Union summit in Versailles on March 11, European leaders said that a quick entry of Ukraine into the EU is impossible. At the same time, French President Emmanuel Macron noted that “to close the door” in front of Ukraine and say “never” It would be unfair.
At the same time, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna said earlier that Ukraine could receive the status of a candidate member of the European Union by June 2022.
Ukraine's desire to join the EU has been officially enshrined in the country's Constitution since 2019.
In 2014, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on the abolition of Ukraine's non-bloc status, enshrined in the law “On the Fundamentals of Domestic and Foreign Policy”. Last summer, a new strategy for the country's foreign policy was adopted. This strategy, according to Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, excludes the non-bloc status of the state, since one of the directions of foreign policy in accordance with the document is the desire for membership in the EU and NATO.
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