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Russian lawmaker: Europe put paid to Ukraine

March 04, 15:05 UTC+3
It is high time the Ukrainians put off their rose-colored spectacles and admit a "nude fact: severing ties with Russia Ukraine was running from Europe by leaps and bounds," Frants Klinysevich says
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MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. Europe seems to have ultimately put paid to Ukraine, a Russian lawmaker said on Friday commenting on the European Commission president’s recent pronouncements that Kiev has practically no chances to join the European Union and NATO in the next 20-25 years.

"Europe has ultimately put paid to Ukraine and the European Commission president did not say it outright only due to political correctness," Frants Klinysevich, the first deputy chairman of the defense and security committee of Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house, said.

He said it was high time the Ukrainians put off their rose-colored spectacles and admit a "nude fact: severing ties with Russia Ukraine was running from Europe by leaps and bounds."

"There is a wall between them today and this drive to nowhere is a direct consequence of ‘maidan’ [Kiev’s central Independence Square, or Maidan Nezakezhnosti, the venue of grass-roots protests that gave its name - ‘maidan’ - to protest movements across the country - TASS]," Klintsevich noted. "I don’t know how Ukraine will be surviving left alone face to face with its problems."

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday Ukraine will not be able to join the European Commission and NATO in the next twenty to twenty-five years. Apart from that, he said Europe would need a long break before admitting new members, which is not applicable to the Balkan countries however as the European Union is already in membership talks with them.

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