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Merkel: Russia Obstructing Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine Association With EU

© East News / APGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 - Sputnik International
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that Russia is creating obstacles for Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine to fulfill of association with EU.

Russia never put the right of Ukraine to develop partnership relations with the European Union at question, it only warned of the economic risks that such relations entail, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. - Sputnik International
Lavrov: Russia Never Questioned Ukraine’s Right to Partner Up With EU
MOSCOW, December 7 (Sputnik) — Russia is trying to hinder EU association of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.

"Our eastern neighbors, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine, following their own independent judgment, have signed association agreements with the EU. Russia is creating obstacles for these three countries," Merkel was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The chancellor also approved of the European Union's action in regard to Russia in light of the situation in Ukraine. In her opinion, Russia violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine, thus acting in breach with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum concerning Ukraine's sovereignty and integrity.

The Socialist Party of Moldova plans to submit a bill to parliament rejecting the Association Agreement with the European Union and announcing a referendum on joining the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan instead. - Sputnik International
Moldova Socialists Plan Referendum on Joining Customs Union After Elections
On June 27, 2014 the European Union signed association agreements Moldova and Georgia and completed the signature process with Ukraine, with the goal of integrating the countries in the EU internal market.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Monday called on Moldovan authorities to think carefully about the country's EU integration.

On November 30, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma Alexei Pushkov said that the EU would lead itself to a full collapse by letting Ukraine join the bloc.

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