Jean-Claude Juncker, former President of the European Commission, has warned against unrealistic expectations regarding Ukraine’s quick accession to the European Union.
Source: Juncker in an interview with Luxemburger Wort
Details: Junker noted that Ukraine received candidate status for European Union membership in a record short time and that Brussels’ decision was correct.
Quote: “I believe that Ukraine needs the accession prospect. But I am very saddened by the imprudence of many politicians who are also active in the West and who want Ukraine to join the EU as soon as possible. I don’t see that happening.”
Juncker also believes that negotiations with Russia on ending the war are now impossible.
“The fact is that Putin and the whole Russian leadership do not show any will for real peace negotiations,” he said.
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- The European Commission’s first assessment of Ukraine’s progress in fulfilling the “candidate criteria” will be presented in May, and by then, Kyiv plans to complete most of them.
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