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Good-Bye, Europe! Ukrainians Don’t Want to Be in the EU Anymore

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

27th June, 2016


Many Ukrainians are already talking about the fact that the EU does not need Ukraine. The number of people dissatisfied with the European Union is increasing every day.

Today the political elite continue to actively discuss the question of what will happen to Ukraine and how it will be affected by the outcome of the will of the British people.

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Many are sounding that the EU will never take Ukraine in its composition, so as to solve their internal problems, in order not to disintegrate completely. And Ukrainians should not think about the visa-free regime in the near future. As it turns out, the sounds are not groundless.

According to the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, she feared that the terms of a visa-free Ukraine-EU regime will be delayed, as the European Union will deal with its own problems for a fairly long time.

“Due to internal challenges in the EU, Ukraine was dropped to a lower level,” said Deputy Prime Minister.

In addition, Klympush-Tsintsadze said that the EU pushed back the issue of a common aviation space between Ukraine and Europe, which the Ukrainian team worked long and hard on.

Ukrainian political expert Valentin Voytkov also expressed doubt about granting Ukraine a visa-free regime. According to him, Ukrainians should not count on visa-free travel this year.

“The consequences of the referendum in the UK will be negative for Ukraine. Nobody today will consider the issue of a visa-free regime. This question will not be postponed for two months, which our government says. In 2016 we are unlikely to receive it,” the expert believes.

In addition, the analyst said that the latest social polls say that the Ukrainians are disappointed in European integration.

“Many Ukrainians are already talking about the fact that the EU does not need Ukraine. The number of people dissatisfied with the European Union is increasing every day. This applies to both EU membership and the visa-free regime. People appreciate everything that is happening in our country today and understand that the EU does not shine on us. Besides this, people are focused on their own problems — what the EU will say if we have 90% of pensioners receive pensions to the amount of 70 dollars,” said the expert.

He also noted that the European Union does not understand how it needs Ukraine with its potential, but when they do, they might already be too late, given the current mood of the Ukrainians.

As a reminder, earlier in Kiev it was suggested, using the example of Britain, to hold a referendum in Ukraine on the separation of Donbass.

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