The European Union believes that they should avoid supporting populists in Ukraine, even if they are guided by reformist and anti-corruption slogans. This was stated in a non-paper document on the reforms in Ukraine, prepared by 13 EU member states, a copy of which European Truth agency has.
"We will not refrain from frank statements when there is such a need, and we should avoid creating a platform for populists, even if they have adopted reformist and anti-corruption slogans," the document says.
Also the European Union is convinced of the need to help the Ukrainian government counteract the false thesis that "nothing has changed since 2014."
"Populist arguments can already be heard now. They say a prosperous and well-functioning society can be created without making painful changes," the authors of the document note and underline that under these conditions the elections in 2019 will be a test for Ukraine.
They also believe that the political situation in Ukraine on the eve of the elections is a challenge for the EU, and emphasize that populist programs do not guarantee rapid success.
"There are no quick ways to success, there are no quick recipes for fixing problems, some things are really important," the document says.
The unofficial document was prepared by the representatives of Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Great Britain. It should be presented at the EU Council at the level of foreign ministers on March 19, the agency notes.
It reflects a view on the latest trends, achievements and challenges that Ukraine has faced. It also says of the need to support the current government and further EU assistance.
As it was reported earlier Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine urged the EU to send the second mission of the ambassadors of the EU Political and Security Committee to Donbas. He saidthis at the joint briefing with Federica Mogherini, the Vice President of the European Commission. According to him, after the visit, the EU will have no doubts towards the extension of the sector sanctions against Russia.