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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Stefan Füle: EU suspends negotiations with Ukraine over Association Agreement

Stefan Fule, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and
Neighborhood Policy
(Image: Reuters)
EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle declared on Sunday, 15 December, that EU suspends negotiations’ process and preparation for the signing of Association Agreement with Ukraine. European official posted this statement also on his Twitter page.

According to Mr. Füle the main reason for this decision are huge discrepancies and differences between the words and statements of Ukrainian government regarding the process of European integration and their actual steps and deeds.

In addition to that Mr. Füle said, that arguments of Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and other high officials regarding refusal to sign an Agreement have nothing to do with reality.

Mr. Füle had a conversation with Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Sergiy Arbuzov in Brussels and he has shared these statements with him during the official meeting. The further negotiations regarding signing of Association Agreement between EU and Ukraine is possible only provided that there will be strong readiness of Ukrainian government to sign this document and there will be the real steps towards taking this decision.

European Commissioner though hasn’t receive any answer from Ukrainian side yet, according to his statements.

Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister Sergiy Arbuzov in his turn assured after his recent visit to Brussels that negotiations’ process is ongoing and that Ukrainian authorities expect the Association Agreement to be signed probably this spring.

US Senator from Republican Party John McCain though was surprised hearing these news and stated there must have been mistake or misunderstanding and it is really strange that EU decided to suspend process of European integration with Ukraine. John McCain, who is currently in Ukraine since Saturday, has expressed his total support of Ukrainian protesters and their aspirations. He also stated earlier that US Senate is ready to vote for resolution regarding Ukraine which includes also issues of imposing personal sanctions against Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and some other high ranking officials and Ukrainian oligarchs as well, if Ukrainian authorities will net listen to their people’s demands and won’t make any steps in order to resolve the current crisis.

John McCain along with other member of US Senate Christopher Murphy has met on Sunday with Ukrainian oppositional leaders and also with Ukrainian President. Previously on Sunday US senators held meeting with Andriy Klyuev, Secretary of National Defense Council, but the details of this meeting aren’t known yet.