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Russia says EU candidate status for Ukraine, Moldova will have negative consequences

Commodities Jun 24, 2022 01:57PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO - Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 16, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

(Reuters) -Russia on Friday said the decision by European Union leaders to accept Ukraine and Moldova as membership candidates would have negative consequences and amounted to the EU's "enslaving" neighbouring countries.

Although it could take years for the countries to join the European bloc, the decision to accept them as candidates is a symbol of the EU's intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, called the move an attempt to encroach on Russia's sphere of influence within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) made up of ex-Soviet states.

"With the decision to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidate countries, the European Union has confirmed that it continues to actively exploit the CIS on a geopolitical level, to use it to 'contain' Russia," she said in a statement.

"They are not thinking of the negative consequences of such a step."

By expanding to Ukraine and Moldova, two former Soviet republics, Zakharova said, the EU was sacrificing its democratic ideals at the expense of "unrestrained expansion and the political and economic enslavement of its neighbours."

Moscow has said it needed to send troops into Ukraine, in part, to prevent its territory from being used to attack Russia. Western countries and Kyiv say Russia's claims are a baseless pretext to justify a land grab.

Russia says EU candidate status for Ukraine, Moldova will have negative consequences
 

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Rawling and Mason Meagher
Rawling and Mason Meagher Jun 25, 2022 4:36PM ET
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Bomb Russia yesterday. Silence Putins big mouth
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Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 4:47PM ET
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Maria zakharova is a ****in a glas of water
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Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 4:47PM ET
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F.a.r.t
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Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 2:54PM ET
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Make my day russia…..and attack us
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Ken Roth Jun 24, 2022 2:27PM ET
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Enslaving other countries was russias statement to ukraine being accepted as part of europe. There will be consequences they say….do you feel lucky…do you punk
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You know what else has negative consequences? Russia invading Ukraine committing war crimes and atrocities every day.
 
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