New German coalition more likely to support Ukraine's EU entry than NATO membership, - ambassador

Source : 112 Ukraine

Putin seems to have done a lot to halt Ukraine's entry in the Alliance, Andriy Melnyk says
08:48, 5 January 2022

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The new coalition of German Bundestag, which made the basis of the government headed by Olaf Scholz is more likely to endorse Ukraine's membership in the EU than the NATO entry. Andriy Melnyk, the ambassador of Ukraine in Germany said so in the interview with Yevropeiska Pravda.

"This is my personal feeling. This topic was even, as you know, more prominently spelled out in the new coalition agreement. For the first time, German politicians state, recognize the desire of Ukraine to achieve membership... This is such a tacit support. They don't rule it out a priori, and it's already important", Melnyk said.

According to him, the Ukrainian diplomats are trying to shape a certain action plan for the country in the near future, so that it implements the necessary reforms that would speed up Ukraine's membership in the EU.

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The diplomat believes that the situation with support for Ukraine's membership in NATO is more complicated due to the Russian blackmail.

"Putin has raised the stakes too high... I am afraid that the fear of war is overshadowing the sober German view. I would be glad to be wrong, but it looks like Putin will succeed if not in blocking, then at least in slowing down our progress towards NATO. However, we should not be saying: "Let's go to the EU now, and NATO can wait," said the ambassador.

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