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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov met with EU representatives

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
meeting with Aleksander Kwasniewski and
Pat Cox
(Image: Ukrinform)
The mission of European Commission represented by observers of European Parliament arrived in Ukraine on 29 October in the framework of the previously planned official visit in order to study the situation in Ukraine and the country’s readiness for the upcoming Summit of Eastern European Partnership to be held in Vilnius on 28-29 November and possible signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU.

The observers’ mission of EU is represented by Aleksander Kwaśniewski and Pat Cox will spend in Ukraine several days and will stay here till 31 October visiting Kyiv and Kharkiv where ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is currently imprisoned.

On 29 October EU representatives met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov in attempt to discuss the current political situation in Ukraine and the level of the fulfillment of the Ukrainian obligations towards EU and the meeting the conditions necessary for the signing of the Association Agreement and the further cooperation.

According to the official spokesperson of Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers the sides exchanged the actual information regarding the preparation to the Summit and the situation in Ukraine. In addition to that Mr. Azarov and European representatives have discussed the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko which is among the most sensitive issues and could be the serious obstacle for the signing of the Association Agreement. EU calls for Ukrainian authorities to resolve the case of ex-Prime Minister before the Summit and to also implement the reforms of judicial system in order to eliminate selective justice and politically motivated trials in the country.

We’d remind also that European side calls for Ukrainian authorities to implement the law allowing Yulia Tymoshenko to receive medical treatment abroad and to release her. Three projects of the law regarding the possibility and the conditions of the medical treatment of the prisoners abroad have been already submitted to Ukrainian Parliament for discussion. Yulia Tymoshenko herself has made recently statement that she is ready to accept any possibility for her release or rehabilitation which will be proposed by the EU side and coordinated with Ukraine. She stated also she is ready to take even the decisions not so beneficial to her if it will help Ukraine to make this important step and to sign Association Agreement with EU countries.