European Union: Juncker does not see Ukraine joining the EU anytime soon

European Union: Juncker does not see Ukraine joining the EU anytime soon


European Union
Juncker does not see Ukraine joining the EU anytime soon

In favor of dialogue with Russia and China: Jean-Claude Juncker.  Photo: Francisco Seco/AP/dpa

In favor of dialogue with Russia and China: Jean-Claude Juncker. photo

© Francisco Seco/AP/dpa

Ukraine wants to join the EU as soon as possible. Former EU Commission President Juncker considers this unrealistic and criticizes the “imprudence of some politicians in the West”.

Former EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned against unrealistic expectations of Ukraine joining the EU soon European Union to wake up.

“I think, for the given reasons, Ukraine needs the prospect of accession, but I am very upset about the imprudence of many politicians, also acting in the West, who are promising Ukraine a quick accession, I don’t see that,” said Juncker in the podcast “Wortwechsel” of the newspaper “Luxemburger Wort”.

Juncker said it was not a “viable way” to simply accept a country that is at war and “cannot fully develop its will to reform” for overriding political reasons. “But that in the long run the Ukraine will join the European Union, I think it’s highly probable after recent events.”

With a view to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, Juncker was concerned. He himself is always involved in the dialogue Russia wanted, same with China. Even now he is still of the opinion “that we have to keep in touch with Russia and China and that we have to signal a willingness to talk.” The fact is, however, that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown “no will” for “real peace talks,” Juncker said.

Juncker warned that there should be no dictated peace in Ukraine. “Wrong is wrong.” Apart from that, peace is not the highest value that should be defended, said Juncker. “Freedom is a higher value.”

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