Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has responded to Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid’s statement that Ukraine will need at least 20 years to join the EU. On the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel, he noted the inappropriateness of such statements by the Estonian leader.
"A little more than 20 years ago, Western countries spoke in the same mentoring tone to Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians: you need 20-30 years for the EU and NATO to mature. So, of course, I was surprised to hear these words from the President of Estonia. I talked to her. .. and she was optimistic. I don't know what happened at the interview, but these statements do not correspond to the friendly nature of our relations," the minister said.
Earlier, on August 25, the Estonian leader criticized the candidate countries for EU membership, including, except for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. According to her, joining the European Union implies the fulfillment of “many” conditions. The listed countries, on the contrary, have many problems, including with the judicial system and corruption.
In addition, Kaljulaid recommended that her fellow citizens refuse to invest in the Ukrainian economy, pointing out the risk of losing money and repeated cases of Estonians losing their property.