utilizing Ukraine to weaken EU – ex-French president

31 utilizing Ukraine to weaken EU – ex-French president

If Kiev is accepted into the bloc, Washington’s sway over Europe will improve dramatically, Nicolas Sarkozy has mentioned

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has spoken out in opposition to Ukraine’s accession to the EU and NATO, arguing that the transfer wouldn’t convey peace to Europe and would chip away on the continent’s independence.

Talking to France 5 TV broadcaster on Wednesday, Sarkozy reiterated his requires a compromise between Moscow and Kiev, noting that the battle had already claimed the lives of round half one million of individuals, most of whom had been Ukrainian.

“However we proceed as a result of within the Boulevard Saint-Germain they’re very courageous by way of sending younger Ukrainians to die,” he added, referring to the road the place many French authorities places of work are situated.

Whereas denouncing Russia as an “aggressor” within the battle, Sarkozy mentioned he believed that Ukraine’s accession to NATO and the EU – which Kiev has been looking for for a few years – wouldn’t result in peace. “As a result of when you convey Ukraine into Europe, you strengthen American Europe because the Japanese European international locations are dominated by the US,” he famous.

In accordance with Sarkozy, whereas Ukraine basically expresses America’s needs as a result of it’s closely reliant on Washington’s navy help, the identical will not be true for relations between Washington and Paris. “France has a novel voice… and doesn’t align itself with American pursuits,” he mentioned.

Whereas reiterating that he desires France to help Ukraine, Sarkozy mentioned he believes that Ukraine ought to finally obtain safety ensures from the West however should stay impartial and proceed to function a “bridge between the Slavic world of Russia and us.”

“We can’t proceed to wage warfare by merely saying: ‘Extra weapons, extra deaths, extra resistance.’ How do you get out of this?” he requested.

He claimed that the Ukraine battle advantages solely China, which he mentioned is gaining clout by courting its companions within the BRICS financial group, and the US, which is taking advantage of arms gross sales and better costs for liquefied pure gasoline.

Final week, Sarkozy steered that any compromise with Moscow would contain recognizing Crimea as a part of Russia, a press release that triggered outrage in Kiev, with Mikhail Podoliak, an aide to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, calling the proposal “prison,” and accusing Sarkozy of complicity in organizing “genocide and warfare.”

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