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No obstacles to closer relations with European Union – Ukrainian ForMin

November 17, 2011, 20:12 UTC+3

Now that the negotiating process on the Ukraine-European Union agreement is successfully completed

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KIEV, November 17 (Itar-Tass) —— Now that the negotiating process on the Ukraine-European Union agreement is successfully completed, there are practically no obstacles to proceed to a new stage of bilateral relations based on political association and economic integration, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Dikusarov said on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the European parliament’s international committee recommended the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European External Action Service to complete all the procedures related to an agreement on association with Ukraine. The committee recommended to initial the agreement before the yearend. Draft recommendations will put for voting at the European parliament at a nearest session.

In this connection, Dikusarov said, Ukraine pins hopes on a next Ukraine-European summit meeting in Kiev scheduled for December 19. In his words, the summit is to become a key factor proving irreversible nature of Ukraine’s Europe-wards course. “Ukraine has positively got the signals of the draft recommendations on the association agreement with Ukraine in what concerns a comprehensive free trade zone, and prospects for visa-free travel regime between Ukraine and the European Union,” the Ukrainian diplomat said. “We hope that the European parliament’s support will soon become a new achievement in the process of Ukraine’s gradual integration into the European Union’s internal market and granting visa-free travel regime for Ukrainian citizens within the European Union.”

At the same time, the spokesman noted that Ukraine is attentive to the critical remarks of the draft recommendations, and to the opinion of the European parliament about Ukraine’s domestic political processes. “It stems from the logic of both the transition to new contractual relations between Ukraine and the European Union, and of Ukraine’s European integration, which is a strategic priority for the Ukrainian authorities,” the ministry spokesman stressed.

According to Dikusarov, the foreign ministry believes that such issues as the reform of the court and election systems, safeguarding democracy and fundamental freedoms, unbiased and independent judicial system, and the rule of law, especially in the context of the current criminal court trials, are among Ukraine’s priorities as a European state that seeks to meet all the criteria of a future European Union membership.

The Ukrainian foreign ministry hopes the European parliament will finally pass its recommendations on the association agreement with Ukraine before the yearend. It also hopes these recommendations will be taken into account by European structures and member countries of the European Union in the text of this document, Dikusarov added.



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