European Commission Chairman José-Manuel Barroso in an interview, published today in “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, has claimed that in the foreseeable future Turkey and Ukraine will not be able to join the European Union.

“We have taken the responsibility to hold negotiations with Turkey. The negotiations are one thing, and the accedence – is another,” the Head of the European Commission said.

Answering the question, whether Ukraine is a European country, Barosso said: “Definitely. But, neither we, nor Ukraine can cope with its joining EU now.”

As earlier reported, ex President of Poland Alexander Kvasnevsky called it quiet real the prospective of Ukraine’s joining EU in 2020.

But, as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Germany to Ukraine Reinhardt Schäfer claimed, the European Union at the official level didn’t consider the year 2020 as the possible date of Ukraine’s joining.


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