The development of relations between the European Union and other countries does not create risks for the Russian Federation. This was announced on Friday, June 24, by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, commenting on the granting of the status of candidate countries for membership in the union to Moldova and Ukraine.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry made such a statement during a press conference following the talks in Baku. He stressed that Moscow’s position has always proceeded from the fact that the European Union is not a military bloc, reports RIA Novosti.
“Therefore, unlike the North Atlantic Alliance, the development of its relations with any countries that wish it does not create any threats and risks for us,” Lavrov concluded. He recalled that the same position was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
At the summit in Brussels on June 23, the heads of state and government of the European Union approved granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidate countries to join the union. According to the head of the European Council, further steps will be taken after the fulfillment by Kyiv and Chisinau of the conditions formulated by the European Commission.
As Putin previously pointed out, Russia won’t mind if Ukraine becomes a member of the European Union, since it is not a military bloc. The Russian leader noted: it is up to the Ukrainians themselves and the Ukrainian authorities whether the country’s accession to the EU will benefit it.