German Foreign Minister ruled out “discounts” for Ukraine to join the EU

According to Annalena Burbock, Kyiv will not be able to quickly join the European Union, but Brussels cannot close the door for this country

Brussels should not make any discounts for Ukraine aspiring to the EU, but and cannot slam the door on it, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock WDR.

“It's not enough to say 'you are part of Europe', you have to say 'you are part of the EU',” ; she said.

At the same time, Burbock noted that Kyiv would not succeed in quickly joining the European Union, “there can be no discounts.”

Burbock has also previously said that “the European home is, of course, open to Ukraine,” but the EU should not make promises it cannot deliver. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron said that the process of Ukraine's accession to the EU could take many years.

At the end of February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for the country's accession to the EU, and in mid-April handed over the completed questionnaire to the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Matti Maasikas. Brussels promised to consider Kyiv's request this summer.

Initially, Russia did not object to Ukraine's membership in the EU, but then changed its position. According to Dmitry Polyansky, the country's deputy permanent representative to the UN, now it is similar to Russia's point of view on NATO promotion: Moscow is seeking a neutral and non-nuclear status of a neighboring state. In “harmlessness” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also doubted Ukraine's accession to the EU.

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