Dienstag, 25.06.2019 05:39 Uhr

EU Foreign Affairs Council and Ukraine

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome/Brussels, 18.02.2019, 12:24 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Carlo Marino Bericht 5550x gelesen

Rome/Brussels [ENA] Today among the topics on the agenda of Foreign Affairs Council, there’s Ukraine. The Council will have a wide-ranging discussion on Ukraine, comprising the upcoming elections, the reform process, and the security situation. The association agreement is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together and it promotes: deeper political ties, stronger economic links, the respect for common values.

A vast and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA) forms the economic part of the agreement. It offers a framework for modernising Ukraine's economy and trade relations. The association agreement entered into force on 1 September 2017. The EU and Ukraine confirmed their strong partnership based on their association agreement and discussed how to move it forward. EU and Ukraine leaders guaranteed to boost the political association and the economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union which reaffirmed its firm commitment to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. The EU also expressed its support to Ukraine's important reform agenda.

Following up on his visit to Ukraine earlier this year, Minister Lajčák proposed a variety of concrete measures to alleviatethe humanitarian consequences of the crisis in and around Ukraine for the people most affected by it. “These small but very concrete proposals would make a real difference for the people on the ground,” he emphasized. Minister Lajčák once again reiterated his deep regret about the decision of the Ukrainian authorities, which de-facto denies accreditation to ODIHR’s international observers with passports from the Russian Federation.

“Our Heads of State have all committed to invite observers from other participating States that wish to observe our elections, including through ODIHR,” the Chairperson-in-Office said. “I remain convinced that not accepting accreditation for all ODIHR’s observers is not in line with the OSCE commitments and therefore not in the best interest of the OSCE, Ukraine or its people. As helping to resolve the crisis in and around Ukraine is a key priority for our Chairmanship, we count on Ukraine’s constructive engagement with the OSCE,” Lajčák openly declared. The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office intends to discuss the situation in and around Ukraine, along with other issues, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov later this week in Moscow.

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