VIENNA, May 25 – RIA Novosti. The prospect of Ukraine’s accession to the European Union is very distant, Brussels does not promise this, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Wednesday.
In an interview with the German newspaper Welt, Schallenberg advocated the gradual integration of the Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia into the European Union. “It is possible. The 27 EU countries could consult with representatives of the Western Balkans or Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia two to three hours before their regular meetings. Thus, these countries could take part,” Schallenberg said, adding that these states will deal with specific issues, but decisions will ultimately be up to the EU states.
As for Ukraine, the EU “does not promise to join,” the Austrian minister stressed. “Before Ukraine’s accession to the EU, if it takes place at all, it is still very, very far away,” he said.
The EU must send a clear message to Ukraine, Schallenberg said. “The country is part of the European way of life and is anchored in our community of values. Let’s see how this happens. I doubt that the status of a candidate country is the only solution for Ukraine,” he concluded.
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