What Europe expects from Ukraine?

23 February'10

Tags: IMF

Minister for Foreign Affairs of EU member states discussed the situation in Ukraine after the presidential election at the meeting of Council of Foreign Affairs of the EU

Ukraine is facing many challenges

Following the meeting of the EU Council, during which was discussed the Ukrainian issue, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton said that the foreign ministers of EU member states unanimously called for deepening relations with Ukraine:

"We discussed the recent elections in Ukraine. Ministers showad unanimous support to continue further cooperation with Ukraine. We want to deepen and strengthen these relations. (www.bbc.co.uk)

Catherine Ashton said that Ukraine should first of all resume cooperation with the International Monetary Fund to overcome the economic crisis. In addition, she drew attention to the need for constitutional reform in Ukraine to ensure political stability in the future.

EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, vice president of the European Commission highlighted the need for Ukraine to implement reforms, arguing that it is important that Ukraine is facing many challenges in the near future, come to an agreement with IMF on loan stand-by and fully implemented the reforms that are associated with this package.

"We look forward to working with the new Ukrainian leadership, and we remain ready to continue our support for Ukraine, so that it will pass through these reforms."

The High Representative congratulated the Ukrainian people for holding elections which it said was "an important example for the region" and Viktor Yanukovich for his victory.

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