“Don’t keep us on the hook of reforms”: Kuleba harshly spoke about the EU’s unwillingness to accept Ukraine
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister believes that it is not a matter of reforms: the European Union is simply not politically ready.Foreign Minister stated that Ukraine does not have any disagreements with the European Union on the importance of reforms / photo REUTERS
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba states that the European Union is not politically ready to grant Ukraine membership, and this issue does not concern the implementation of reforms.
Kuleba said this during the Yalta European Strategy forum, commenting on the prospects of Ukraine’s accession to the EU.
“I am not asking for an exception for Ukraine, no! What I am asking for, I am proposing, and I am never complaining, is about acknowledging the simple fact that it is not just about reforms when it comes to joining the European Union. – EU members to accept another country as a member is not only based on reforms. Stop keeping Ukraine on the hook of reforms , “Kuleba said.
The Foreign Minister states that the reforms are important and he supports them, and does everything possible to transform Ukraine.
“But I’m tired of seeing other countries educate us with reforms and not tell the truth – that we don’t want you in the EU because we are not politically ready! Not because you are not ready for reforms! And again, I want to avoid any “What a misunderstanding, we need reforms for the sake of this country, we will continue the reforms – and this is an absolute fact. We do not seek (get) any excuses. Stop treating us this way,” the minister stressed.
The Foreign Minister stated that Ukraine does not have any disagreements with the European Union on the importance of reforms.
“I agree that the threshold for accession is now much higher than before. But I insist that the issue of accession is primarily political. And if you look now at the Western Balkans, you will see that they (reforms – UNIAN) are being implemented now. while we are talking. It’s about politics, “Kuleba said.
“If the European Union decides at the internal level that Ukraine is one of us, we will see a completely different dynamics of support for the promotion of reforms. This is the decision that must be made,” the minister said.
Earlier, the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid said that Ukraine is “light years” away from meeting the criteria for accession to the European Union. According to Kaljulaid, during her presidency for 5 years Ukraine has not shown progress in meeting the Copenhagen criteria.
In addition, in August, in an interview with Ukrainian journalists, Kalyulaid said that Ukraine would need 20 years to be ready to join the EU. Also, according to the President of Estonia, the Ukrainian state will not be able to become a member of NATO until it regains its territories. Kalyulaid urged her country’s citizens not to invest in Ukraine .
Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna saw in Kalyulaid’s statement on the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s EU membership a “signal of the EU ‘s unwillingness” to expand .
From February 21, 2019, Ukraine’s irreversible course to join the EU and NATO is enshrined in the Constitution .