Ukraine not ready for EU or NATO, French Foreign Minister says

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2014/06/10 • News, Political News

Laurent Fabius, the Foreign Minister of France:

  • “EU is not ready to provide EU membership to Ukraine”.
  • “Nobody wants Ukraine in NATO”
  • Should Vladimir Putin return to the G8?”

Source: itele.fr – i-Télé. – June 7, 2014

Laurent Fabius, the Foreign Minister of France, granted an exclusive interview to i-Télé on his way back from the inauguration of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

According to Fabius, there is no agreement in Europe with Poroshenko’s thesis that the signing of an association agreement should be the first step towards full membership of Ukraine in the EU.

Speaking on the French channel i-Télé on Saturday, June 7, Fabius said that during his inauguration, the new president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko “made a very pro-European speech,” although the European Union is not yet ready to take in Ukraine. In his view, EU countries do not share Poroshenko’s thesis that an association agreement with the EU will be the first step towards full membership,

Geographically, Ukraine is in Europe, but the country “must maintain good relations with both the EU and with Russia,” he stressed. At the same time, Fabius expressed the hope that the inauguration of Poroshenko and his brief meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Normandy can be the beginning of a de-escalation in Ukraine, AFP reported, June 8.

“Nobody wants Ukraine in NATO”

In his exclusive interview with i-Télé, Laurent Fabius spoke of Barak Obama’s opposition to the sale of the French Mistral frigates to Russia. The Minister confirmed that as an “independent nation,” France will certainly deliver the ships to Russia, as expected. He also responded to Putin’s concerns about NATO, asserting that “nobody wants Ukraine to enter NATO — not the United States, not Europe, and not even Ukraine. “Moreover, contrary to the U.S. position, Laurent Fabius believes that there is no question regarding the recognition of Poroshenko. “It is obvious that Vladimir Putin has already recognized the Ukrainian president,” he said.

Would you like to see Ukraine in the EU?

No, Fabius replied. “Poroshenko says that the association agreement marks the first step towards EU membership, but when I talk about it with my European partners, there is no majority in favor today. It’s very clear.”

Should Vladimir Putin return to the G8?

The head of French diplomacy believes it is too early to reinstate Russia in the G8, from which it has been expelled. According to Fabius, it was “beneficial that the G8 became the G7. He thinks that “President Putin is trying to move forward, and we must erect barriers if we don’t want him to advance on territories we consider unacceptable.” However, Fabius qualified his statement by adding that one should not “declare war on Russia.” “Diplomacy must make its way between these two boundaries,” he concluded.

Compiled by:  Dr. Vitalii Usenko, MD, MBA, expert of the Center of Military-Political Studies in the sphere of psychology of communications, and by Dmytro Usenko, student at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Editing: Edmond Huet,  Euromaidan Press armament and military questions specialist, consultant to French TV and radio

Sources:

Fabius /Ukraine : “le début d’une désescalade possible”

МИД Франции: ЕС еще неготов принять Украину всвой состав

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  • Roger Mikael Klang

    The French connection. The French are assholes. Selfish assholes! All those participating here excluded of corse.

    • Dirk Smith

      The French have short memories …..

      • Michel Cloarec

        True !

    • Michel Cloarec

      You are disrespectful without reason !
      Should we look at the swedish heroism during WW2 ?
      Shut up ! Otherwise I continue to write !

  • Brent

    NATO should be disbanded. It’s just as useless as the United Nations. It has too many member countries under its umbrella who don’t support it, and who work against its actual original mandate of opposing Russian aggression.

    A new smaller alliance of like minded regional countries should replace it. Countries that recognize the threat of Russia because they are next on its list.

    • Roger Mikael Klang

      It is mostly France. They are in so deep with Russia they seem like Linda Lovlace. Take this with the selling of the Mistral ship to Russia. Many obscure affairs have been taking place between the two countries. And there is more to say about the freeway between Moscow and S:t Petersburg. People had to die because of that. Yet the French praised Putins “firm hand” On this.

    • Murf

      NATO doesn’t need be disbanded it still plays a useful role in stabilizing Europe.
      I do agree it needs to “weed out” the countries who do not participate or have questionable loyalties.

  • Michel Cloarec

    As a french, I like to say that it is a great luck for peace in Europe that Fabius is not the decider ! Always been a whip, will always been a sleepy whip !
    The perfect worthless opportunist ! The kind who was called collaborator under Petain regim. Anyway he is too old, and should be pensioner before he collapses.

    • Roger Mikael Klang

      Let there not be any grudge between us participants on this site Cloarec. But you should know that when France decided to sell the Mistral to Russia, I lost my hope about France. But only just recently when other things have been revealed to us. I used to Think that France was blessed by God just like America, you know.

      • Michel Cloarec

        France is a laic country ! The one without sin can always throw the first stone.
        The ennemy to the world is putin and his psychopathic megalomania. Bravo to give extra material to trolls army .

  • Michel Cloarec

    Who needs Fabius to know that Ukraine is not ready for EU. Who needs Fabius to know that NATO as it is today is worthless. List the countries belonging to Nato !

  • Murf

    My hope is that this is a cunning piece of diplomacy.
    France says it will not vote no.
    Putin is satisfied no NATO in Ukraine.
    Ukraine does not have to commit to NOT joining. and can try later when there is new leadership.
    Every body is some what satisfied.
    As a practical matter Ukraine was not going to be eligible for several years. Also there is the matter of the the territorial dispute. Ukraine won’t be admitted until they are resolves.
    In yet an other irony of an ironic war;
    Given the decrepit state of the the UA military when this thing started. Ukraine would have needed at least five years to be ready, possibly longer.
    Putin could have found all sorts of to ways stop it.