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Medvedev: The real term for Ukraine’s accession to the EU is the middle of the century

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Medvedev: The real term for Ukraine's accession to the EU is the middle of the century

Dmitry Medvedev
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In reality, the deadline for Ukraine’s admission to the European Union may come only by the middle of the century, by which time the association itself may disappear. Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, wrote about this in his Telegram channel.

On Friday, June 17, the European Commission recommended granting Ukraine the official status of an EU candidate country. This step of the European Commission is advisory in nature. The final decision on granting candidate status to Kyiv will be made by the heads of state and government of the EU countries at a summit in Brussels, scheduled for June 23-24.

According to Medvedev, the situation with the admission of Ukraine to the EU is similar to the building of communism in the USSR: there is no clear date for the implementation of plans, but there are many unverifiable abstract conditions. At the same time, objective verification of such conditions is impossible, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council believes. He stressed that new generations of EU leaders will test them for several decades. Thus, “the real term is the middle of the century, not earlier,” the politician concluded.

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“What if (I knock on wood) the EU will disappear by this time? It’s scary to think what a scandal will be, because what sacrifices have been made on the altar of joining the EU and what a deception of the expectations of the unfortunate Ukrainians? Pah-pah, so as not to jinx it … ”, – said Medvedev.

He also explained the comparison of this situation with the USSR, recalling that the last version of the Program of the CPSU, adopted in 1961, said: “The Party solemnly proclaims: the current generation of Soviet people will live under communism!”. Schoolchildren of the 70s were waiting for the onset of communism, but this did not happen, the USSR collapsed, and the CPSU was liquidated.

Earlier, Alexei Pushkov, a member of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, said that Ukraine is not really expected in the European Union, no matter what European politicians say or promise.

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