Hughes, Mingarelli: Nazar Furyk / Ukrafoto
While Ukraine has no prospects of membership in the European Union. With such statement on Friday, may 11, was made by the head of the EU delegation in Ukraine, Hugues Mingarelli, UNIAN reports.
“Turkey with the countries of the Balkans — the only countries that are negotiating to join the European Union. They have a clear perspective of EU membership. In the case of Ukraine, today there is the prospect of membership in EU”, — he said.
Mingarelli added that the aim of the Association agreement between Ukraine and the EU was promoting political Association and economic integration, but it does not give Ukraine the prospect of membership in the Association.
“It’s a big disappointment for our Ukrainian partners because they would like to have a perspective of EU membership, but so far for several reasons, the EU cannot offer this term,” said Mingarelli. Reasons why the EU is not ready to offer Kiev membership, it was not called.
In August last year, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in his speech before the ambassadors of the EU stated that Ukraine has no relation neither to the EU nor to NATO. “I saw that my friend [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko a few days ago said that Ukraine is the EU, is NATO. At the moment it is neither one nor the other. All should know this,” said Juncker.
A few days before this statement, Poroshenko expressed confidence that the country will gain membership in the EU and NATO. In February 2017 the Ukrainian President confirmed his intention to hold the country’s referendum on joining the North Atlantic Alliance. In December 2015, he has called Ukraine’s membership in the European Union and NATO the main goal of Kiev.
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