Slovakia’s foreign minister has ruled out the possibility of Ukraine joining the European Union in the event of open conflict with Russia.
The head of the Slovak Foreign Ministry, Juraj Blanar, said he could not imagine Ukraine in the European Union if war broke out in the country. He stressed that Kiev’s membership in the EU is still “very, very far away”.
– This is a very serious question. Well, under the current circumstances I can’t imagine that. Personally, I am curious how Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen, for example, will justify the membership proposal or the opening of negotiations on Ukrainian membership of the European Union and how she will answer the question of how to open negotiations with a country in armed conflict. conflict – he said in an interview with the media.
No exceptions for Ukraine
At the same time, the diplomat does not deny that Ukraine should have a perspective on European integration. However, Blanar noted that Kiev must meet all the criteria and that the EU should not grant “exceptions” for Ukraine.
– Personally, I think that Ukraine’s membership in the EU is terribly far away. We do not approach this politically and the only thing we support is that Ukraine should have a future perspective, but in accordance with all the rules, as other countries do, he emphasized.
According to him, this is “a positive signal for Ukraine” from the EU. – If you want, we will offer room for negotiations, but you still have a very long road ahead of you, Blanar said.
At the same time, the head of the Slovak Foreign Ministry added that Slovakia condemns the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.
Slovakia towards war
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Slovakia has provided assistance to Kiev in various ways, including weapons, most notably Zuzana howitzers. However, with the change of government, Bratislava’s rhetoric changed dramatically. After winning the parliamentary elections, the leader of the Smer-SD party and newly appointed Prime Minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, announced that Slovakia would no longer supply weapons to Kiev.
In addition, the import ban on Ukrainian grain in Slovakia will continue to apply. Fico also stated that his country does not believe in a military solution to the conflict in Ukraine.
Source: Do Rzeczy
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