Russia says EU is ‘manipulating’ Ukraine with nod to membership

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Russo-Ukrainian war: Ukraine is ‘worse and worse’, says Russia.

Moscow:

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday accused Brussels of “manipulating” Ukraine after the European Commission recommended that the pro-Western country be granted candidate status to join the 27-nation bloc.

“We see how, for many years, the Western community has been manipulating the idea of ​​some sort of involvement of Ukraine in its integration structures,” ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted as saying. Russian news agencies.

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Ukraine, however, is “worse and worse”, she added.

She said Ukraine “doesn’t have a bright future, for whatever reason, despite the increasingly sweet and seductive promises.”

The European Commission recommended on Friday that Ukraine, where Russia is carrying out a military operation, and neighboring Moldova should each be designated as “candidates” for EU membership.

Official “candidate” status for Ukraine could pave a years-long path to joining the bloc, with the decision expected to be formalized at a summit of EU leaders in Brussels on June 23-24.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the decision, saying he was “grateful” to EU chief Ursula von der Leyen and “every member of the EC for a historic decision”.

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