The Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry has been disappointed with a statement made by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg about Ukraine’s European future, Ukrinform reports.
The relevant statement was made by Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko in a commentary to Ukrinform.
“We consider it to be strategically short-sighted and not in the interests of the united Europe. Such statements also ignore the fact that the vast majority of the population of the EU founding member states support Ukraine’s membership,” Nikolenko said.
Their biased perception of reality, he suggested, has already led to Europe’s political and economic weakening, and enabled Russia to undermine stability in the EU and implement hybrid aggression against European countries. “It seems that the current war, casualties and destructions are not enough for them. Postponing Ukraine’s EU membership under various excuses or seeking an alternative means indulging Putin’s aggressive plans and slowing down EU’s strengthening with Ukraine’s capabilities,” he noted.
According to Nikolenko, Ukraine has every reason to demand that its merits and the strategic role for the EU are recognised objectively. “Thanks to the indomitable will and courage of the President of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, Europe can live in peace now. Without exaggeration, our state has become an outpost for the protection of EU security, European freedom and European values,” he said.
Previously, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have endorsed Schallenberg, him on October 11th 2021 for taking the oath as Austria’s new interim Chancellor. Putin expressed hope that the two sides will enhance the development of bilateral cooperation, the Kremlin said in a press statement. Putin’s hopes appear may appear to have been well founded.
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