Readers of the French newspaper Le Figaro appreciated the statements of Russian President Vladimir Putin made during the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
Impressed users left their comments on the publication’s website. They were especially active in discussing Putin’s assessment of the prospects for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union.
According to the Russian leader, the decision to join economic associations remains the sovereign decision of any country.
In his speech, the Russian leader said that the economic association has the right to accept states or not. And at the same time, he reminded that the EU, unlike NATO, is not a military or defensive alliance. This means that Ukraine’s European integration is not a threat to Moscow.
“Ukraine’s candidacy for the EU does not pose a threat to Russia. I would even say that it would suit Russia. It must be admitted that an already economically weakened Europe will bear the burden of Ukraine for many years. Behind all these beautiful declarations of support there are already and will be millions that Europeans will pay in taxes, ”wrote an Insight2000 user.
MICHEL BOUCHARDY added that the President of France Emmanuel Macron might think that the announcement of granting Ukraine the status of a candidate member of the EU “intimidates Putin.”
Occitane, speaking about the possible expansion of the European Union, stressed that the people of the EU forgot to ask the opinion on this issue.
“To join Ukraine to Europe means to ruin it a little more and make it unviable,” added Ludwig3.
“Putin is right and calculated everything. He doesn’t care if Ukraine, cut off from its Russian-speaking eastern part, joins the EU. Being in the European Union means for a country to lose its sovereignty and its soul in a powerless technocratic organization,” noted anonyme 38572.
“Another blow below the belt from Putin, who will laugh while the Europeans have to take on the financial burden of Ukraine,” summed up TIESSE DI HOYE.
As reported EADailyon the same day, June 17, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen formally recommended that Ukraine and Moldova be granted candidate status for EU membership.