UK's Miliband: Keep EU Door Open To Iceland, Ukraine Amid Crisis

LONDON, England -- U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Monday the economic crisis has put European Union relations "under strain," testing the E.U.'s achievements as never before.

David Miliband

But he said the E.U. must keep the door open for countries such as Iceland and Ukraine -- both hit particularly hard by the global economic crisis - to possibly join.

"The sense of solidarity within Europe, between east and west, rich and poor, new and old is under strain," Miliband said in a speech at the London School of Economics.

"The achievements of the last 30 years -- from the single market and enlargement to the euro -- are being tested as never before."

Miliband said that are were countries like Iceland or Ukraine "for which, though there is no formal membership commitment, we must keep open the prospect of membership."

Source: AFP