The Russian government has apparently changed its position on Ukraine’s EU membership. A high-ranking diplomat provided them for NATO membership – and talked about new negotiations.
Russia is apparently just as critical of Ukraine’s membership of the European Union as it is of NATO. Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said in an interview that Russia’s position on EU membership is the same as on NATO membership. “We don’t see a big difference there,” he told UK online magazine Unherd.
Initially, Russia was still able to befriend Ukraine’s entry into the EU and strictly rejected only NATO membership. That changed because “the EU is now the leader in supplying arms to Ukraine,” Polyansky said. He also criticized a statement by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. He had said that wars are usually decided on the battlefield and not by sanctions.
“More diplomatic options”
The Russian representative currently sees no more diplomatic options. After the Istanbul negotiations, Russia voluntarily withdrew its troops from the area around kyiv, for example. “But what did we get in return?” asked the diplomat. The West continued to fuel the conflict. “There is no room for diplomacy.”