Austria denies EU involvement in conflict in Ukraine

Austrian Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer

Austrian Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer

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Granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership does not mean that European states will be involved in the conflict between Kyiv and Moscow. Such a statement on Thursday, June 23, was made by Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

The head of the Austrian government explained that the citizens of Austria may fear that granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership would mean “drawing into the war”, but “this does not mean that,” reports RIA Novosti. Nehammer expressed his conviction that “people need to be kept safe on this issue.”

At the same time, the Austrian chancellor reminded that the assignment of candidate status does not yet mean the start of negotiations on the country’s accession to the European Union, since “much still needs to happen along this path, a lot still needs to be done.” Still, “a start has been made,” Nehammer said.

The leaders of the member states of the European Union approved the provision candidate status for joining an integration association Ukraine and Moldova on June 23. The European Commission stressed that Kyiv and Chisinau have to make a lot of efforts on the path of European integration before these states move on to the next stage in the process of joining the European Union.

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