French Minister: Ukraine needs 15-20 years to become part of the EU
"Ukraine's bid to join the European Union would take at least 15 or 20 years," said French Minister for European Affairs Clement Beaune, as he promoted President Emmanuel Macron's alternative proposal for a 'community'. new European politics', including Ukraine.
"If we say that Ukraine will join the European Union in 6 months, a year, two years, we are lying. It's not true. It will probably take 15 or 20 years. It takes a long time and I do not want us to sell illusions and lies. "If we tell Ukrainians 'welcome to the European Union, but you have not fully read the contract, it takes at least 15 years to enter it', we would be disappointing an entire generation of Ukrainians," Beaune said.
The French minister went on to say that Macron's latest proposal to create a new European political community outside the EU, including Ukraine, was not a bad alternative and did not hamper the membership process.
"It is a complementary project of the European Union, which can offer a concrete political project for countries that are not in the heart of the European Union, but who want to get closer to the Union," said the minister.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech Saturday that any alternative to Ukraine's bid to join the European Union would be a 'compromise' with Russia, in response to the project proposed by Macron.