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‘Ukraine is part of the house of Europe’ – German foreign minister

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock briefs the media following a meeting of German government’s crisis unit, at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Germany, February 24, 2022. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN, Feb 28 – Joining the European Union is not something that can be done in a couple of months but Ukraine is part of the “house of Europe” in which it is welcome, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Monday.

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“And it’s not that we woke up in a different world just now because the European Union has always been a house whose doors were open,” Baerbock said in a joint press conference after a meeting with her Slovenian counterpart Anze Logar.

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She added Ukraine’s accession would not signal that the EU wished to partition it off from Russia but would reflect a desire to fulfil the wish of many Ukrainians to join. The EU was not the only Europe-wide body seeking to preserve peace and security that countries could join, she added.

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Reporting by Zuzanna Szymanska and Thomas Escritt

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FEB 28, 2022

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-is-part-house-europe-german-foreign-minister-2022-02-28/

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