that the EU would extend sanctions unless Russia executes the Minsk agreements
in full compliance with the clear requirements of the accords," stressed
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk following the meeting with heads of
government of the Baltic States in the framework of a working visit to Riga on
Thursday, November 5.
Yatsenyuk noted that this is the first ever meeting in this format: "It is
a historic meeting for our countries. We are demonstrating complete unity and
your peoples support the Ukrainian people in their struggle for territorial
integrity", he appealed to Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota
Straujuma, Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevičius and Prime Minister of the Estonia Taavi
aggression poses the threat not just to Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed:
"This is a threat to the global order, to each EU member country, each NATO
member and the entire free world".
"We have managed
to stop the Russian troops. And it is crucial to preserve unity in the EU regarding
sanctions. Sanctions can only be lifted in case of full implementation
of the Minsk agreements",
emphasized the Head of Ukrainian Government.
The full implementation
of the "Minsk", according to him, means "that President Putin
must pull back his troops, Ukraine should close the border and the Ukrainian
government must regain full control over the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk."
also stressed that commends a firm stand of heads of governments of not recognizing
and illegitimate annexation of Crimea.
abides by the "Minsk", and today it depends on Russia whether they are
ready to deescalate the situation and get out of Ukraine. We expect the EU to
extend sanctions unless Russia fulfills the Minsk agreements in full compliance
with the clear requirements of the accords," he urged.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine reminded
that from January 1 there will
enter into force a FTA between Ukraine and the EU:
"Neither Russia nor any other country has the right of veto in respect of
the plan of implementation of the FTA".
The Prime Minister of Ukraine noted
our country is prepared for response actions by
Russia: "We are upset with the process of technical consultations
of Russia. We consider that Russia focused more on the
political agenda in an entirely economic agreement
than on the economic agenda."
"The agreement will be implemented. Hence,
Ukraine clearly declares that it will
join the largest European market – the EU market to make Ukrainian products
more competitive and create a mutually beneficial situation for the EU
and Ukraine", he stressed.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk expressed gratitude to
the heads of government of the Baltic States for
support in an attempt "to
make Ukraine a prosperous and
successful state": "We really appreciate the technical and
humanitarian assistance provided by your Governments. We
are convinced that together, through joining actions,
we will create a history of success for your countries and Ukraine.
It is our common future in the EU as well".