After the visit to Kyiv and meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell stated that the European Union is not a cash machine or a charity as the EU reported.
“As I told the President, the European Union is not a charity or a cash machine: the best way for us to support Ukraine is to help reforming the country. But only the Ukrainians themselves can implement those reforms,” Borrell stated.
He added that Ukraine remains on the agenda of the European Union and the continuation of the reforms is critically important.
“Our support will continue but is also linked to the urgent need to enhance the rule of law and develop the fight against corruption,” the diplomat said.
According to Borrell, the election of Zelensky in April 2019 became the signs of firm readiness of the Ukrainians to fight against corruption and to loosen the oligarchs' grip on the country. However, the observers note that the pace of the reforms, including the fulfilling of the commitments on the Association Agreements, reduced.
As we reported, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine stated that the country did not receive official information about the reconsideration of the visa-free regime from the EU representatives.