Ukrainian ideology incompatible with bloc’s declared values, Moscow says
A decision by Brussels to initiate the procedure for Ukraine’s accession to the EU would mean the end of the 27-member bloc, warned Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Glushko.
Modern Ukraine is a “State where Nazi groups dominate the show and Nazi ideology reigns, which is incompatible with European values”, Glushko told reporters on Friday.
If Brussels welcomes such a country “it would mean the end of the EU and show that the EU is not guided by the values on which it is based and was created, but only by geopolitics”, he explained.
The bloc accelerated moves to bring kyiv into membership after the Russian military operation launched in late February.
Volodymyr Zelensky’s government has already submitted its membership questionnaire to Brussels, with the European Commission planning to deliver its opinion on the subject in June.
Russia initially said it would not oppose Ukraine’s EU membership because, unlike the US-led NATO alliance, it is not a bloc military.
But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed on Friday that Moscow had changed its position on the issue.
The behavior of the EU during the conflict, which included arms deliveries to Kyiv and pushing for a military solution, indicated that the bloc was merging with NATO and that in the future it will work simply as its extension, Lavrov asserted.
“The EU is shifting away from the constructive economic platform it was supposed to create, towards becoming an aggressive militant actor with ambitions stretching far beyond the European continent,” he added. . he said.