The Russian Federation reacted to granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership
Russia refuses to believe in the European perspective of Ukraine, but believes that this requires their increased attention.
Russia reacted negatively to the decision of the European Commission to grant Ukraine the status of an EU candidate. Statements by Russian officials are cited by RosSMI.
Thus, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated that this issue requires increased attention of the Russian Federation.
« still remains a different plane, although this requires our increased attention. We all know about the intensification in Europe, discussions about strengthening the defense component of the EU. Therefore, there are different transformations that we observe», — said Peskov.
Meanwhile, Vyacheslav Nikonov, deputy head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, refuses to believe in the reality of the prospects for Ukraine's European integration.
«This is only a recommendation from the European Commission. No consent required for decision — at least the Dutch and Danes are against it. And even if they give the status, then Turkey — candidate since 1999. Ukraine to wait longer. She won't live that long», — Nikonov said.