EU not ready to embrace Ukraine, says French FM

France's top diplomat says the EU is not ready to integrate Ukraine.

EU not ready to embrace Ukraine, says French FM

World Bulletin/News Desk

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the European Union was not ready to open its doors to Ukraine.

"We believe that Ukraine has a place in Europe, but it has to maintain good ties both with EU and Russia," Fabius told private broadcaster I Tele on Sunday.

On Saturday, Ukraine's new President Petro Proshenko announced that he would sign the economic portion of a wider integration deal with EU as a first step towards full membership.

Fabius said his EU counterparts agreed with him that the union was not ready to integrate Ukraine.

Mass anti-government protests that led to political crisis in Ukraine broke out in November 2013 after former President Viktor Yanukovych ditched a trade pact with the European Union in favor of seeking closer ties with Moscow.


Last Mod: 08 Haziran 2014, 17:25
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