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Estonian PM: Eastern Partnership not directly connected with expansion of EU.


Eastern Partnership has never been connected with the expansion of the European Union and the expansion of the union is currently not on the table, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in Brussels on Friday, November 24.

"The Eastern Partnership has never been linked with who is the next member state," Ratas said ahead of the EU Eastern Partnership summit when answer the question of Estonian public broadcaster ERR on whether Estonia supports Ukraine becoming a member of the EU one day.

"Estonia's position has been that if the requirements have been fulfilled and the country is ready, we are prepared to welcome the expansion. The question is not directly on the table today," the prime minister said.

He expressed hope that the 28 member states of the EU and six Eastern Partnership countries--including Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Armenia ---can find a point of balance and reach consensus at the summit. "Balance and consensus have always been values in the European Union. I hope that there is more of that consensus today than in Riga two years ago," Ratas said when referring to the Eastern Partnership summit held in Riga in 2015.

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Publication:The Baltic Times (Riga, Latvia)
Date:Nov 29, 2017
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