The “Hurrah” actionism for an extremely fast EU accession of the crisis- and war-torn Ukraine, which is riddled with massive corruption, should now come to an end: While President Volodymyr Zelenskyj and his government team received the gift of a status at the EU meeting on June 17th hoped for as a candidate for accession, the heads of state in the Netherlands and Denmark are now putting the brakes on Ukraine’s admission to the EU.
According to the news portal Bloomberg, these two states also include Hungary, which refuses to grant Kyiv accession candidate status.
More cautious formulations are also coming from Vienna: Chancellor Karl Nehammer is also widely quoted in the Russian media with his statement that Ukraine should wait in a “preparation room” for the status of a candidate country – and that “emotions should be taken out” of this debate.
The strong emotions in Kyiv are, of course, understandable: status as a candidate country would morally oblige Western European states even more than before to send arms and financial aid to Kyiv.
Brussels is already transferring two billion euros in aid to Ukraine. Of this, 500 million euros are even officially reported for arms deliveries.
Curiously, these 500 million euros come from the so-called European Peace(!) Facility. It is a new EU financing instrument that can also be used to strengthen the capabilities of armed forces in partner countries. For the period from 2021 to 2027, the peace facility is endowed with around five billion euros.