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.
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.
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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