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Ukraine fails to become closer to EU in recent months - Russian EU ambassador

March 31, 2014, 23:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 31, /ITAR-TASS/. After months of turmoil, Ukraine has failed to become closer to the European Union, even despite the fact that it signed the political section of the association agreement with the European Union, Russian Permanent Representative at the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said on Monday.

“I think the matter is that the European Union is not so much beginning to understand its responsibility for Ukraine but rather it is realizing that it might be dangerous to bring the current Ukraine too close to the European Union,” Chizhov told the Russia 24 news channel. “So, it looks only natural that despite its own earlier public statements, the European Union has decided to ‘cut’ the association agreement with Ukraine into two parts and sign only the preamble and the political section. It is only two percent of the text. The bulk of the text - trade and economic sections - have been put aside till a better time, until Kiev forms a legitimate, and what is most important, responsible government.”

“To my mind, now Ukraine’s prospects of joining the European Union are still vague, if any,” he added.

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