Granting Ukraine and Moldova candidate status is consistent with the bloc’s goal of “containing” Russia, Maria Zakharova claimed © Sputnik / Russian Foreign Ministry

The European Council’s decision to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova proves that the bloc’s goal is to “contain” Russia, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.

She claimed the EU is continuing its strategy of “active geopolitical development of the CIS space” in order to “contain” Moscow. (RT)