Putin says he has “nothing against” Ukraine’s accession to the EU

ST. PETERSBURG: Russia don’t mind Ukrainepossible membership of Russia in the European Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday after the European Commission recommended a grant Kyiv candidate status of the 27-member bloc.
“We don’t mind. It’s their sovereign decision to join economic unions or not … It’s their job, the job of the Ukrainian people.” Putin told Russia the annual economic showcase, St. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Russia, which has been leading the offensive in Ukraine since February 24, is looking very vaguely at Kyiv’s aspirations to join NATO – which Moscow sees as a threat to its security.
But “when it comes to their economic integration, it’s their choice,” Putin said.
“The EU is not a military alliance, unlike NATO,” he said.
However, the Russian president said he believed that if Ukraine continued to join the EU, it would “become a semi-colony” of Western countries.
“That’s my opinion,” he said.

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