(Note: Austria and Sweden are both in the EU, but neither is in NATO)
Today, March 16th, the Russians are talking about a possible compromise (which for now Ukraine is cool on, due to ongoing war
*). A number of news sources have talked about it.
He (Foreign Minister Lavrov) said President Vladimir Putin had spoken about neutrality, along with security guarantees for Ukraine without NATO enlargement, as one possible variant in February.
The Kremlin also said on Wednesday that a demilitarised Ukraine with its own army along the lines of Austria or Sweden was being looked at as a possible compromise.
Question: In this latest set of proposals, has Russia indicated it would be open to Ukraine admission to the EU? That was after all one of the elements which precipitated the 2014 Ukrainian crisis.
Have they on the contrary indicated it is still a red line for them?
* same article, quoting Ukrainian reaction:
But the Ukrainian presidency shortly after said it rejected proposals of neutrality models based on Austria or Sweden.
“Ukraine is now in a direct state of war with Russia. As a result, the model can only be ‘Ukrainian’ and only on legally verified security guarantees,” its top negotiator Mikhailo Podolyak said in comments published by Zelenskyy’s office.