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EU sobers up Ukrainian Euro-romantics

Political scientist`s exclusive comments to UNIAN

The decision of the EU Council of Foreign Ministers about the perspectives of the Ukraine’s membership in the European Union is a sobering factor for the group of Ukrainian politicians, called Euro-optimists and Euro-romantics.

Political scientist Mykhaylo Pohrebynskiy disclosed this in exclusive comments to UNIAN on the today’s conclusions of the EU Foreign Ministers Council about the talks with Ukraine on the text of a new enhanced agreement.

“This decision of the EU Council of Ministers is not a reason to cancel the strategic task of Ukraine for those who posed it. This is an expected decision, as it is understandable that EU is not ready to expand by means of Ukraine, due to internal and foreign reasons. There is no secret that some countries of the old Europe were critical about the EU expansion to Bulgaria and Romania”, M.Pohrebynskiy said.

The political scientist believes that the today’s decision of the EU Foreign Ministers Council will not influence the perspective of creating a Free Trade Zone with the European Union. “The current government are pragmatists, looking for additional receipts to the budget, and trying to arrange middle-term perspectives with partners.

 The government’s rhetoric about the perspective of creating a Free Trade Zone with EU will be calm. It is clear that this goal will not be achieved shortly”, he noted.

“In the nearest 10 years Ukraine will try to use its transit potential and make money at the markets of Russia and CIS countries to strengthen its positions. Then the position of Ukraine will be more advantageous at the talks with EU as well”, the political scientist surmised.

M.Pohrebynskiy turned the attention to the fact that, as early as today, Ukraine, by the volume of its real GDP, is in the twenty the most developed world countries. “Another 10 years – and Ukraine will outstrip Bulgaria, Romania, and even Poland, Czechia, and Hungary, which are the EU members”, he stressed.

As UNIAN reported earlier, today the EU Council of Foreign Ministers adopted the conclusions on the talks with Ukraine concerning signing a new enhanced agreement.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, the EU Council of Ministers decided in the document that the new agreement must not stipulate any concrete future development of the bilateral relations.

At the same time, the document reads that EU recognized the European aspirations of Ukraine as early as in 2005.

In addition, the conclusions read that EU will continue supporting political and economical reforms in Ukraine, aimed at strengthening the democracy, stability, and transparency in the country.

According to the document, the new agreement must aim at becoming closer with Ukraine, including an economic integration and the political collaboration.

 

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