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EU nation warns of ‘hard veto’ on Ukraine accession process

Hungary will block the EU’s accession talks with Ukraine if it believes they are going in a direction that harms the country’s national interests, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has said. In an interview with Mandiner news magazine on Friday, Szijjarto weighed in on the bloc’s recent decision to kick-start official …

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No ‘hasty EU accession’ for Ukraine – EU official

The EU must not make Ukraine a member state in a rushed manner, European Parliament Vice-President Katarina Barley has said. “There must be no hasty accessions,” Barley to the Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung on Saturday. “Once you’re in the EU, you can’t be excluded.” She pointed to Hungary, whose conservative government …

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EU members oppose fast-tracking Ukraine’s accession – media

Greece and Cyprus would object to any proposal suggesting fast-tracking Ukraine’s accession to the EU, Euractiv reported on Friday, citing anonymous diplomats. A source from the Greek Foreign Ministry told the outlet that Athens would insist on all the procedures stipulated under Article 49 of the EU Treaty being adhered …

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EU member explains why Ukraine accession is unlikely

Ukraine’s chances of joining the European Union or even obtaining a candidate status are not great, says Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, adding that there are too many member states who are opposed to the idea, and that it would be unfair to countries in the Western Balkans who have …

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NATO member blocks accession talks for Sweden and Finland – media

Turkey has blocked NATO accession talks with Finland and Sweden on Wednesday, several media outlets have reported. Representatives of the military bloc’s member states have gathered seeking to open the negotiations just hours after both nations officially submitted their applications. However, Ankara has reportedly stopped the vote on the start of …

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Ukrainian parliament insists on NATO accession

The Ukrainian parliament will not vote to remove the passage about the country’s ambition to join NATO from the constitution, the Rada’s chairman, Ruslan Stefanchuk, has revealed. In an interview with Ukrainian media outlet Ukrainska Pravda published on Monday, Stefanchuk was asked whether Ukrainian lawmakers were going to amend the …

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Finland reveals timeline of possible NATO accession

The Finnish government will provide the country’s parliament with a review of possible NATO accession by the middle of this month, the country’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said. Moscow’s attack on Ukraine has prompted Finland, which has a common border with Russia, to intensify the discussions on potential benefits of …

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Zelensky reveals NATO’s true stance on Ukraine accession

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed the true stance of the US-led NATO alliance on Kiev’s prospects of joining, in an interview with CNN on Sunday. While refusing in private to accept the country, the alliance has maintained a public illusion of a potential accession, he claimed. The ongoing conflict with …

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