Pavel Bednyakov / RIA Novosti
“The development of its relations with any countries that wish it does not create any threats or risks for us,” Lavrov said, quoted by the agency. RIA News.
The Minister stressed that the European Union is not a military organization, unlike NATO. It is this factor that determines the position of Russia on the issue of the possible accession of Moldova and Ukraine to the EU.
The European Union has previously decided grant status candidate for accession for Ukraine and Moldova. At the same time, it is important to emphasize that the granting of such a status does not mean soon entry into the organization. This is recognized by the candidates themselves.
In particular, the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, noted at the end of May that granting the country candidate status would not speed up European integration. Under these conditions, experts note that Chisinau should continue to work in parallel within the framework of existing agreements in the CIS. In addition, Moldova could benefit more from the resumption of cooperation with the EAEU, thanks to the already established trade relations with the members of this organization. At the same time, for this it is necessary to normalize relations with Moscow.