Ukraine’s eventual membership of the European Union is a “domestic matter” for Ukraine and Europe. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said this in response to the union’s decision to grant Ukraine candidate status.
“It is European internal affairs and it is important to us that they do not cause us more problems,” said the spokesman.
In any case, he said it is very difficult to further deteriorate relations between Russia and the EU.
Russia has been attacking Ukraine since February 24 after years of fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian militias on the one hand and ultra-nationalist Ukrainian militias and the Ukrainian army on the other.
In Moscow’s view, that struggle is the result of a “coup d’état” by the US and the EU in Kyiv in 2014, which ousted an elected pro-Russian president and insurrections broke out in certain regions of Ukraine. The Kremlin’s main concern was that Ukraine would join NATO. The attack on Ukraine appears to have stifled that plan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed on Friday the suspicion of NATO and the EU. He said the two seem to be seeking a coalition to start a war against Russia.