Julia Timoshenko: Ukraine is on the way to European integration

julia Timoshenko has had a meeting with Catherine Ashton

In brief: Catherine Ashton has confirmed the necessity of supporting Ukraine.

The Prime-minister of Ukraine Julia Timoshenko has today had an official meeting with the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. While negotiations Timoshenko has stated that the future of Ukraine has to be connected with the European integration.

Catherine Ashton has confirmed the necessity of supporting from the EU those countries which are close to Europe including Ukraine. The EU representative has reminded that now the negotiations on creating open trade zone between Ukraine and EU are being held as well as on concluding Treaty on association. Thus Ukraine has a right to apply on the EU membership as the European country with demosratic principles and respect of human rights priority.

However looking on Ukrainian internal affairs it is impossible to suppose its European integration in nearest 10 years as well or even more. Besides Europe does not hurry up to open its borders to our citizens. But also Ukrainian government applies to the EU authorities on simplification of visa regime for citizens of Ukraine.

Maria Velikanova
2010-02-25 12:55, Society.

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