European Parliament welcomes Ukraine’s progress in EU integration
15:25, 21 January 2016

European Parliament welcomes Ukraine’s progress in EU integration

The authoritative body passed respective resolution Thursday

15:25, 21 January 2016


The European Parliament welcomed the progress demonstrated by Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, reads the resolution published at the Parliament’s website.

Strasbourg said Russia “must end its direct or indirect involvement in conflicts in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and stop interfering with their EU aspirations.

MEPs also pointed out that EU financial support must be matched by concrete progress on reform.

The document includes references to certain setbacks for all three countries that slow down their progress in implementation of the Association Agreement.

“MEPs condemn Russia’s suspension of its free trade agreement with Ukraine at the very moment when the EU-Ukraine free trade deal entered into force. They deplore the "heavy trade restrictions" on Ukraine’s exports to Russia, voice concerns about Ukraine's economic and financial standstill and repeat the need for further EU financial assistance. They call on EU member states to avoid building new gas pipelines from Russia that bypass Ukraine, such as "Nord Stream II", reads the document.

According to Ukrinform, the European Parliament calls on the EU’s leading institutions to continue the legal procedure of putting Ukraine on the list of the countries for which visa requirements are cancelled.

The EU authoritative body positively assessed the efforts of Ukrainian leaders to fulfill the Visa Liberalization Action Plan and congratulated Ukraine on the publication of the final positive report on progress in this area.

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