“Russia has not reached a sufficiently high level of historical development to give its opinion on European values,” Oleg Nikolenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, was quoted as saying by Kyiv Independent on Saturday.
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He reacted to European Pravda’s recent threats against Moscow’s accession to the European Union.
The official also said that Russia should do its part with regard to the EU.
Russia has changed its position on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union, said Deputy Head of the Russian diplomatic mission to the United Nations Dmitry Polianski, stressing that now this is similar to the position on Ukraine’s accession to NATO, the Russian edition reported on Friday. of Forbes.
The Kremlin had previously indicated that the issue of Ukraine’s entry into the EU “is in a different dimension” than that of joining NATO.
Why Moscow changed its position
Russia no longer considers Ukraine’s accession to the European Union as part of the peace agreement, as Moscow’s position is now similar to that of Ukraine’s accession to NATO.
Russia insists on Ukraine’s neutral status, which means it must renounce its membership of the North Atlantic Alliance, Polianski said in an interview with the British publication UnHerd News. Polianski stressed that Russia’s position had changed, according to European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who said the situation in Ukraine needed to be resolved “on the battlefield.”
“At this stage, I do not see any possibility of a diplomatic solution, given Ukraine’s position and the attempts of Western countries to intensify the conflict. I must admit that there is currently no possibility for diplomacy.” said the Russian diplomat, quoted by Forbes.ru.
Russia’s position on Ukraine’s accession to the EU has also changed following the increase in arms deliveries from the European Union, which has “begun to look more and more like NATO,” Polianski said.
Following a visit to Ukraine in early April with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell stressed in a Twitter post that the war in Ukraine “must be won. on the battlefield. ”
“Russian barbarians and thieves”
In Kyiv, the adviser to the head of the presidential chancellery, Mihailo Podoleak, described this change of position of Moscow as a “classic hypocrisy on the part of Russia”, according to Agerpres. “Russia’s classic hypocrisy. Yesterday the Kremlin was still against Ukraine’s accession to NATO, but not to the EU. said Podoleak.
He emphasized that the world no longer cared about “barbarians” and “thieves”. Russia has categorically opposed Ukraine’s entry into NATO, calling it a “red line” and explaining that it poses risks to its national security. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin named the possible accession to NATO one of the reasons for the war against Ukraine, notes Delo.ua. However, the aggressor country had no objections to Ukraine’s accession to the EU.
Russian officials say the EU is not a military bloc and cannot pose a threat to the Russian Federation, according to the same Ukrainian publication. Kiev applied to join the EU on February 28, just days after the Russian invasion began.
On 9 May, the Ukrainian authorities prepared the answers to the questions of a questionnaire to be completed by any country applying for membership of the European Union. This is part of the investigation “concerning political criteria, democratic institutions, human rights”.