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Borrell explains his words ‘EU is not cash machine’: Ukraine gets help in European interests

Source : 112 Ukraine

Borrell noted that his words should not be taken out of context and he constantly says it in Brussels and toward the members of the EU
17:20, 7 October 2020

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell
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High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell explained that his statement ‘the EU is not a cash machine’ means that the EU provides aid to Ukraine not basing on charity but basing on its own interests, as Radio Liberty reported.

“The help of the EU to Ukraine is not unconditional; we do not act on grounds of charity. We do it because in our own interests, to make Ukraine free, prosperous and safe. It is the aim of our aid that is grounded by the holding of the reforms,” Borrell said.

Related: Ukraine, EU discussed renewal of Association Agreement and industrial visa free regime, - Zelensky

He underlined that the European Union provides its financial aid to Ukraine in exchange for the fulfillment of the agreements. Meanwhile, Borrell noted that his statements “the EU is not a cash machine” for Ukraine should not be taken out of context and he constantly says it in Brussels and toward the members of the EU.

As we reported, after the visit to Kyiv and meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in September, High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell stated that the European Union is not a cash machine or a charity.

Related: UK ready to provide five million pounds in humanitarian aid to Ukraine

As we reported, the Ukraine-EU summit took place on October 6. It was the first bilateral EU summit with a partner country, which took place in Brussels in the traditional "live" format since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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