Claims presented by Ukraine to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea concerning the country’s rights to the Kerch strait are completely inappropriate. Questions of sovereignty over the Crimea as an integral part of the Russian Federation and the adjacent maritime zone, in principle, can not be the subject of any legal proceedings.
Member States [of the Eastern Partnership Programme] had to adopt European standards, to subordinate to the European foreign policy in order to break up the political and economic interconnection of the CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] countries. The programme did not assume equal relations between Ukraine, Moldova and the EU, but was rather a veiled form of colonisation.[…]
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Western aggression and the Eastern Partnership Programme
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Read more about the Eastern Partnership and its priorities here.
The Eastern Partnership initiative is not against any country; it is a mutually beneficial and constructive platform for countries in the region to build a closer relationship with the EU, if they so choose. The EU does not demand that any of its partners need to make a choice between the EU or any other countries. It stands for good neighbourly relations. The Eastern Partnership respects the individual aspirations and ambition of each partner country.
Also read more on the most repeated myths about the Eastern Partnership initiative here.