KIEV, September 26. / TASS /. The words of the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, that the EU "is not an ATM" for Ukraine, have been removed from his article on the website of the "Evropeyskaya Pravda" publication. This was reported on Saturday on the website of the Ukrainian edition.
"The change in the positional article" European Truth "was confirmed by the EU Delegation. The corresponding changes have been made to the text of the article and on the website of the EU Foreign Policy Service," the message says. In particular, the publication's website as a whole retains the text of Borrel's article published on September 25, but the following words have been removed from it: "As I said to the President [of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky], the EU is not a charitable organization or an ATM."
Borrell wrote this in connection with the slowdown in the pace of reforms in Ukraine, which, he said, is noted by many observers. He also called "an alarming signal" in terms of Ukraine's readiness to fight corruption, the change of government in the country in early March this year and "the dismissal of reformers."
At the same time, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy expressed hope that Zelenskiy "will fulfill his promises of reform and change." An example of such successful reforms, he called the adoption in May in Ukraine of the law on the land market and on banking, which were a condition for the country's continued cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.
On September 22, Josep Borrell made his first visit to Ukraine since taking office. He was, in particular, received by President Zelensky and met with Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. As reported, the talks were also about preparations for the 22nd Ukraine-EU summit, which was to take place on October 1 in Brussels, but it was postponed to the 6th of the same month.