Russia says EU 'manipulating' Ukraine with possibility of membership
The Russian Foreign Ministry says that Ukraine "is not getting a bright future" despite EU promises.
Russia's Foreign Ministry accused on Friday Brussels of "manipulating" Ukraine after the EU Commission recommended that Kiev be granted candidate status for joining the 27-nation bloc.
"We see how for many years the Western community has been manipulating the idea of some kind of involvement of Ukraine in their integration structures," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
Ukraine, however, is getting "worse and worse," she added.
Zakharova considered that Ukraine "is not getting a bright future, for some reason, despite the promises becoming more and more sweet and alluring."
On Friday, the European Commission recommended that Ukraine and neighboring Moldova each be named a "candidate" for joining the EU.
Formal "candidate" status for Ukraine could open up a years-long path toward joining the bloc, with the decision likely to be formalized at an EU leaders' summit in Brussels on June 23-24.
On his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed the move, saying that he was "grateful" to EU chief Ursula von der Leyen and "each EC member for a historic decision."