The European Union should not protect themselves from those countries that hope to become part of it. The President Petro Poroshenko said Friday, November 24, in Brussels at the plenary session of the Fifth summit of the Eastern partnership.

“Let’s not consider the Eastern partnership as a way to prevent the aspiration of the countries of the region to the prospect of EU membership. While the EU is the benchmark of success, countries will want to become part of it. The European Union should defend itself from those who challenged him – not from those who look at it with hope and admiration”, – quotes the President his press-service.

Poroshenko said that Ukraine intends to cooperate with the EU in the framework of the “four unions” – the Energy Union, Digital single market, Customs Union and Association with the Schengen zone.

“We strive to look beyond the horizon of the present. Not because we want reward in advance, and because the Ukrainians deserve the goal. Goal deserves everyone – especially those who pay for it the corresponding price. And no one pays a greater price than Ukraine”, – he stressed.

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The President also drew the attention of the summit participants that after the occupation of the Crimea by Russia more than three years of the Kremlin’s war in Donbass “old normal” ceased to exist.

“The puzzle of East and West Europe needs to be folded together again and the Eastern partnership can be an integral part of this. With precise and meaningful strategy we can turn the region into a stronghold of political stability, social stability and economic prosperity”, – said Poroshenko.

The head of state also urged Europe to “learn the lesson of the Russian hybrid war” and to avoid “fuzzy technocratic formulations”, “not choose between ideals and self-interest” and “do not limit the potential of our partnership”.

23 November 2017, the European Commissioner for European neighbourhood policy and negotiations on expanding Johannes Hahn said that to speak about Ukraine’s membership in the European Union in the coming years is unrealistic.

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Poroshenko: the EU should not defend itself from those wishing to become part 24.11.2017

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