of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine welcomes the conclusions of the EU Foreign
Affairs Council on Ukraine, adopted at the meeting on June 23, 2014 in
European Union reiterated solidarity with Ukraine by adopting a number of
important decisions. It is important that the EU Member States have included
the position of our country, expressed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of
Ukraine, who attended such a meeting for the first time in the history of
relations between Ukraine and the EU.
the discussion, the European Union has unequivocally supported the peace plan
of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko as a solid basis for gradual
de-escalation and settlement of the situation in the east of Ukraine.
this regard, we hope that the Russian Federation will pay attention to the
unanimous call of the EU Member States to effectively support the peace plan of
the President of Ukraine and take decisive measures to stop the illegal
movement of fighters, weapons and equipment from Russia on the territory of
Ukraine; influence the separatists to stop violence, lay down weapons and free
the hostages; refrain from increasing military presence near the Ukrainian
border and abolish the decision of the Federation Council of the Federal
Assembly of the Russian Federation as of 1 March 2014 that allows using the
Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine.
determined to achieve implementation of the peace plan of the President of
Ukraine, the EU is ready to further expand sanctions against Russia in the
absence of effective steps of Moscow aimed at de-escalation of the situation.
Ministry is grateful for the EU’s strong condemnation and rejection of illegal
annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. This position was confirmed by
the EU Council’s decision to ban the import into the EU of goods produced in
Crimea, with the exception of those whose origin is confirmed by Ukrainian
is of unprecedented importance that the EU Council decided to send its Mission
to Ukraine in the framework of the Common Security and Defense Policy that
promote capacity building in Ukraine's civil security sector reform and the
rule of law. Ministry hopes for a rapid deployment of the EU Mission, which
will complement the respective efforts of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission,
which already operates in Ukraine.
of Foreign Affairs welcomes the Council's decision to support the
recommendations of the European Commission on Ukraine's transition to the final
phase of implementation of the Action Plan on visa liberalization. This
decision is an important recognition of the progress made by the Ukrainian side
in recent years, the path towards a visa-free travel regime for the citizens of
Ukraine to the EU. In this context, we reiterate the Government's commitment to
work effective within the Implementation phase. The quality of our
accomplishments in this respect will be evaluated by the European Commission