The European Union will not allow Russia to dictate conditions as for the EU’s relations with Ukraine, said Stefan Fule, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy during the panel “Association Agreement With the Eu and Strong Relations With Russia – Difficult? Or Impossible?” at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES) on Saturday in Kyiv.
“Russia will not be dictating us any ultimatums or conditions. The Association Agreement in the wording that it was signed will now be ratified, and ultimately implemented. And this is wonderful”, said the European Commissioner.
Head of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok, who also took part in the discussion, said that “not a coma will be changed” in the agreement.
Additionally, Brok said that Europe wants to have good relations with Russia, it is interested in good relations between Ukraine and Russia, but Russia has to respect the international law.
Fule explained the EU’s introduction of new sanctions against Russia: this is not an intention to punish it for its position regarding the Association Agreement, but a punishment for the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. “We want to be clear that we will not be watching indifferently the violation of the international law in the way as we saw it in Crimea. Now, Russians, with their involvement, are adding to the escalation in the East of Ukraine. This is the role of the sanctions”, stressed the Commissioner.
Yalta European Strategy (YES) is the leading public diplomacy platform in Eastern Europe to develop strategies for Ukraine and Wider Europe and promote Ukraine’s European integration. YES was established in 2004 by Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk and is led by a distinguished board including President of Poland (1995-2005) Aleksander Kwasniewski, former Secretary General of NATO (1995-1999) and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy (1999-2009) Javier Solana, and others.
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