Lavrov saw a “geopolitical gambit” in the status of Ukraine in the European Union

The West has moved away from the “either-or” principle to “whoever is not with us is against us,” Lavrov is sure. In his opinion, Ukraine has become an “eternal candidate” in the European Union for the role of “extras in the games” of Western countries

Granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of a candidate member of the European Union became part of the “geopolitical gambit” against Russia, these countries “destined for an unenviable fate,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an article for Izvestia.

The minister considered that Ukraine and Moldova have become “eternal candidates” to the European Union. France initiated the creation of a European political community, but joining this organization will not bring economic benefits, the minister believes, noting: “but there will be demands for complete solidarity with the EU in its anti-Russian actions.”

“either-or”, but “who is not with us is against us”, — emphasized Lavrov.

The head of the Foreign Ministry is sure that all European countries except Russia will be invited to this association, however, Moscow was not interested in membership in it. He claims that Kyiv, Chisinau and other “courted” Brussels, the countries of the world will be “extras in the games” Western countries.

The European Commission recommended granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidates about a month ago— June 17. Kyiv has adopted a number of tough laws against oligarchs and implemented 70% of the EU recommendations, said the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. “Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective. We want them to live with us in the European dream,— stated in the message of the European Commission in Telegram. If reforms slow down and there is no progress in the fight against corruption, this candidate status may be withdrawn, the EC warned.

A week later, on June 23, the European Council granted Kyiv and Chisinau this status. «Historic Moment»— appreciated the head of the European Council Charles Michel.

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Russia has never been against Ukraine's accession to the European Union; this state, said President Vladimir Putin. He also criticized the “civilizational choice” thesis; Ukraine. “What kind of civilizational choice is this, sorry for the bad manners? They dug money from the Ukrainian people, hid it in banks and want to protect it, — sure the President of Russia.

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Sergey Lavrov

diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia

March 21, 1950

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