Austria broadcasts opposition to EU membership for Ukraine weeks after Putin assembly

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Austria’s overseas minister doesn’t consider Ukraine ought to acquire European Union membership. 

International Minister Alexander Schallenberg spoke on the 14th European media summit this week, saying that Ukraine shouldn’t obtain candidate standing in June. He reiterated Austria’s dedication to neutrality as a key ingredient of the nation’s “self-definition.” 

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“We don’t belong to any military alliance and we don’t want to,” he mentioned, however he highlighted the contributions Austria has made to Ukraine’s protection, including that E.U. membership and neutrality are “compatible.” 

Schallenberg repeated his stance to Austrian publication Heute, however went additional and mentioned Ukraine shouldn’t, in precept, develop into a member even sooner or later. He known as for a “different way” for Ukraine to develop ties with Europe. 

His feedback comply with a gathering between Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 11, throughout which the 2 leaders held “direct, open and tough” talks, based on German outlet DW. 

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Nehammer raised the difficulty of warfare crimes in Bucha, and mentioned he got here away from the talks with “no optimistic impression.” 

Ukraine’s overseas ministry expressed disappointment with Austria’s stance, calling the Austrian official’s assertion “short-sighted” and “not in the interests of the united Europe.”

“Such statements also ignore the fact that the vast majority of the population of the E.U. founding member states support Ukraine’s membership,” mentioned Ukrainian International Affairs Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko, including that suspending Ukraine’s membership means “indulging Putin’s aggressive plans.” 

However round 40% of Austrians take into account the federal government’s place on Ukraine as “on the whole correct,” whereas 23% consider the federal government is “too pro-Ukraine” and 17% “too pro-Russia,” based on Heute. 

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