In Germany, an adviser to Chancellor Scholz said there is too much hysteria in Europe about Ukraine and no one is thinking about how to build relations with Russia. The call to turn on the mind caused discontent in Brussels. They say Ukraine should at least be encouraged by EU candidate status.
Ukraine must fight and fight for a long time. This is not hidden in the European Union. And to somewhat encourage Kyiv, Brussels is preparing to satisfy the country’s application for candidate status to the European Union. And also Moldova. Despite protests from some EU countries.
“The European Commission has decided to allow Ukraine to obtain the status of a candidate for EU membership. This country has clearly demonstrated the desire and determination to comply with European values and standards,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU. . European Comission.
At the same time, Georgia has not yet been taken. Tbilisi refuses to impose sanctions against Russia. They say the economy won’t hold them. Furthermore, Georgia condemned its own mercenaries who went to fight for Ukraine.
The blame for the fact that Georgia is stalling on its way to Europe is that the local opposition changes the current government, gathering thousands of rallies in the center of the Georgian capital. They threaten the government with an act of disobedience.
At the same time, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili noted that Tbilisi was prevented by the faction chief of Ukraine’s ruling party, David Arakhamia. During a visit to the United States and Europe, Arakhamia demanded that Georgia be removed from the list of candidates. In addition, Garibashvili said that Georgian opposition representatives traveled to Brussels and asked not to be granted candidate status. The objective is to achieve a change of power in the country. The prime minister also emphasized that Georgia deserves the right to become a full member of the EU much more than Ukraine. But now Kyiv will be able to receive double funding from Brussels, taking the money intended for Tbilisi. However, candidate status means little.
“We are not talking about joining the EU, we are just talking about getting candidate status. And the main thing here is that in this case, Georgia is treated differently from Ukraine and Moldova. They plan to give Ukraine candidate status. but they won’t.” granting this status to Georgia and in the candidate status, as the experience of Turkey shows, one can stay for decades,” Nikolai Silaev, a prominent researcher at the MGIMO Center for Caucasus Problems and Regional Security, comments on the situation.
Turkey received candidate status 23 years ago and has been unable to advance since.
“One gets the impression that, under the influence of the current political situation, Ukraine will be allowed out of the queue, but not for EU membership, but for the candidates. And the experience of the candidates, of course , does not expire,” emphasizes Vladimir Chizhov. , permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union.
Now the status of a candidate for EU membership is held by five countries in addition to Turkey. These are Serbia, Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia. When they advance further, no one can say. The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that Brussels puts geopolitical interests first in terms of EU enlargement.
“What we see now around the invitation to membership has nothing to do with objective economic reality or potential. This is due to the political situation. There are no criteria that EU members can come up with to explain their own steps. And the criteria must come together. It all looks like manipulation,” says Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
There is no procedure for emergency or accelerated accession to the EU. The process is long and tedious. And there are a lot of requirements, if they are not met, they can even deprive the candidate status. So this is, rather, the notorious carrot in the face of those who want them to dare not stop, experts say.
“It is interesting that the European Union did not need a large Ukraine. Because in the European Union, if the so-called young states, controlled in this case by the United States and Great Britain, were admitted to it, the number of old European countries that built the EU would be exceeded and, in this case, voting would no longer be in the interest of the EU countries, but in the interest of the United States”, explains Oleg Noginsky, head of the group of experts of the Scientific Society Center for Integration Eurasian.
The authorities of Ukraine and Moldova are not hiding: they want money from the West and as much as possible. And also weapons. President Sandu announced the provision of military assistance from the European Union for 40 million euros. And he expressed his hope of receiving free weapons. The opposition points out that the president, as well as many members of the government, are citizens of Romania and may try to drag the country into a military conflict.
“I will speak for Moldova. We are busy. We have become a colony, unfortunately. At least until all power in the country is in the hands of the Action and Solidarity party, which consists entirely of representatives of Western funds, of the Soros. The country is governed. And to say that Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are fighting for the EU, do not sleep at night is an exaggeration, “said Bogdan Tirdea, a Moldovan politician, political scientist, director of the Social Democratic Institute. of Moldova, member of the Moldovan parliament.
Chisinau was flooded with protests. The uncontrolled increase in prices, as well as the constant fall in the standard of living and other problems, put 40,000 people on the streets. Among the demands is to restore order in the country. But unlike Georgia, Brussels is not embarrassed by the situation in Moldova. One way or another, now the recommendations of the European Commission must be approved by the leaders of the 27 countries at the EU summit. But there is no unity. Therefore, the Netherlands and Denmark openly oppose Ukraine. And French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Bon said there is no need to give Kyiv and Chisinau false hope. The integration process can last 20 years. And even the Latvian Foreign Ministry said that this is not a quick process that will end, at best, by mid-century at the latest.
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