Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid’s statement that Kiev will need about 20 years to bring the country into line with the requirements of joining the European Union (EU) is inappropriate in the context of “friendly” bilateral relations between states. This opinion was shared by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on Friday, August 27.
Earlier, on August 25, the Estonian leader criticized the candidate countries for EU membership, including, except for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. According to her, joining the European Union implies the fulfillment of “many” conditions. The listed countries, on the contrary, have many problems, including with the judicial system and corruption.
“It was very strange for me to hear such words from the President of Estonia. These statements do not correspond to their characteristics of our relations, ”the Ukrainian minister commented on the situation on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel.
Additionally, Kuleba expressed confidence: “such things” should not be heard from friends and partners, which, for political reasons, are Ukraine and Estonia.
In addition, Kaljulaid recommended that her fellow citizens refuse to invest in the Ukrainian economy, pointing out the risk of losing money and repeated cases of Estonians losing their property.
The statements of the Estonian leader were commented on by the Russian senator Aleksey Pushkov: according to him, Kaljulaid thus hinted at a significant backwardness of Kiev in comparison with the Baltic countries.