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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: the next goal in Ukraine is to stop the deepening of the crisis

12.02.2014

At today's meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that everyone must make a maximum effort in order to avoid the deepening of the domestic political crisis in Ukraine. "The only road to finding a solution is the restoration of political talks, since violence will take Ukraine into a deep crisis," he added.

"It is necessary to continue with broad political relations," Paet noted. According to the foreign minister, it is important from the standpoint of the future of all of Europe that Ukraine have a functioning democracy, developed civil society and successful economy and therefore the European Union's continued support in ongoing reforms is essential.

The European Union’s foreign ministers expressed concern over the continuation of the political crisis in Ukraine and called on all incidents of violence to be investigated and to have offenders prosecuted. The ministers called on all sides to begin a dialogue in order to take the next steps in coming out of the political crisis.

On the topic of other Eastern Partnership countries, Paet said in the case of Moldova and Georgia as ambitious and progressive partners, Estonia considers it very necessary to sign the association agreements before fall of this year.

The European Union's Eastern Partnership was launched at the Prague summit in 2009. Through this initiative, the European Union supports reforms in the partner countries of Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus which are aimed at the development of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and an open market economy. The next Eastern Partnership summit will be in Riga in the first half of 2015.

Additional information:
Marika Post
Press Spokesperson
Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU
+ 32 474 98 16 57
marika.post@mfa.ee

 

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