President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid believes that Ukraine needs another 20 years of work to obtain EU membership. At the same time, she noted that the European Union should be braver regarding the issue of enlargement. She said this in an interview with European Truth agency.
“I would like the European Union to be braver in the issue of enlargement. Some solution is needed for the eastern partners: either we offer them full membership, or create a new format for three states that have ambitions," Kersti Kaljulaid noted.
She added that she is a supporter of expansion, but it will take a very long time.
"Accession to the EU has a lot of conditions. And, frankly, none of the countries fulfill the criteria for membership. You will need about 20 years of work until you are ready...All three countries have problems with courts. You do not meet the requirements for EU membership," Kaljulaid emphasized.
According to her, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, perhaps, on the European integration path would be helped by some intermediate stage, and their economies are already being integrated with the EU economy.
"We are ready to help these changes, but you have to do the job. And it’s hard work," the Estonian President emphasized.
Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelensky called the Eastern Partnership important if it brings Ukraine closer to EU membership.
Zelensky also considers Ukraine worthy of NATO membership.