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Putin says he is not opposed to Ukraine joining the EU as it is not a military alliance

Presidente russo Vladimir Putin no Fórum Econômico de São Petersburgo.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.
| Photo: Anatoly Maltsev/EFE

Russian President Vladimir Putin said this Friday (17) which has nothing against Ukraine joining the European Union (EU), as it is not a military organization or a political-military bloc such as NATO. “The EU is not a military organization or a political-military bloc, unlike NATO. We have always said, and I have always said, that our position is very consistent and clear in this regard. We have nothing against it,” said the Russian leader. at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

Putin questioned, in However, if Ukraine could grow and restore a number of important industries just by joining the EU. “I don’t know if EU membership can give a new impetus to the development of key areas of Ukraine,” he declared. “It will receive a lot of support for current expenses. It is unlikely to lead to the restoration of the aeronautical industry, shipbuilding, electronics and other critical industries, because the European ‘giants’ will not create competition for themselves”, he added.

The European Commission (EC) recommended on Friday that the EU give the Ukraine a “European perspective” first and second, that it approves the status of “candidate” to join the bloc if the country carries out “significant reforms”.

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