12 Dec 2023 16:23

Austria follows Hungary in its opposition to starting talks on Ukraine's accession to EU

MOSCOW. Dec 12 (Interfax) - Austrian Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer has spoken categorically against the idea to initiate an expedited procedure of Ukraine's and Moldova's accession to the European Union, Ukrainian media have reported with reference to the Austrian parliament's press service.

"Nehammer has said Austria will not agree to negotiations on Ukraine's accession in the current conditions. There should be no preferential procedure for Ukraine, especially with regard to Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is also currently in the process of accession negotiations," it said.

Nehammer also said President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen had not held consultations before announcing the possibility of negotiations on Ukraine's accession.

For the EU to be suitable for enlargement, there is a need for internal reforms, Nehammer said.

Hungary had previously spoken against starting negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU anytime soon.