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Russia says EU candidate status for Ukraine, Moldova will have negative consequences

Commodities Jun 24, 2022 18:56
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO - Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 16, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

(Reuters) -Russia on Friday said the decision by European Union leaders to accept Ukraine and Moldova as membership candidates would have negative consequences and amounted to the EU's "enslaving" neighbouring countries.

Although it could take years for the countries to join the European bloc, the decision to accept them as candidates is a symbol of the EU's intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, called the move an attempt to encroach on Russia's sphere of influence within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) made up of ex-Soviet states.

"With the decision to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidate countries, the European Union has confirmed that it continues to actively exploit the CIS on a geopolitical level, to use it to 'contain' Russia," she said in a statement.

"They are not thinking of the negative consequences of such a step."

By expanding to Ukraine and Moldova, two former Soviet republics, Zakharova said, the EU was sacrificing its democratic ideals at the expense of "unrestrained expansion and the political and economic enslavement of its neighbours."

Moscow has said it needed to send troops into Ukraine, in part, to prevent its territory from being used to attack Russia. Western countries and Kyiv say Russia's claims are a baseless pretext to justify a land grab.

Russia says EU candidate status for Ukraine, Moldova will have negative consequences
 

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Shaun Private
Shaun Private Jun 25, 2022 13:26
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clearly Ukraine and Moldova want to join EU as opposed to being close to Russia. its always the same. Why was the Berlin Wall erected and which direction did people risk their lives crossing?
Harsh Desai
Harsh Desai Jun 25, 2022 2:35
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Russian has a point. why Ukraine what to join NATO. they should be proud to be soviet republic.
RAY NORTHING
RAY NORTHING Jun 24, 2022 19:47
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It is for the people of that country to decide whether it wants to join the EU not the Russian dictatorship who will not allow their own Russian people a free and democratic vote to decide who their leaders are.
Ian Ian
Ian Ian Jun 24, 2022 18:17
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Dear Maria, try thinking about the world outside Russia.
Joan Lluch
Joan Lluch Jun 24, 2022 18:17
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Rusia was and is a great country, with a very long history going back a thousand years. The west should have respected it, but America failed consistently to do that. The attack to Ukraine has no humanitarian justication, no doubt about that. However the ultimate culpit was America selfishness, constant provocation and lack of respect to the interests and even feelings of that historical country
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Ian Ian Jun 24, 2022 18:17
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I have no issue with Russia, just silly inward looking statements by people like Maria, who should know better.
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Ian Ian Jun 24, 2022 18:17
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Joan Lluch Ps, I’m not American Ian Ian
 
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