Tuesday, November 22, Kiev - President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently on a working visit in Ukraine, met with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to discuss the relationship between the European Union and Ukraine, and the progress in terms of European integration.
Speaking at the press conference after the bilateral meeting, the President has stressed that she came to Ukraine as its friend, but Lithuania is a member of the European Union and has to convey its message. According to the President, bilateral relations are developing smoothly, while the European integration process is getting complicated.
Expressing the EU's position Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined that Ukraine's integration perspective was realistic and Lithuania upheld it, however only implementation of the necessary internal reforms, respect for human rights and democratic values, as well as objective and fair trial in the case of the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko and in other proceedings would bring Ukraine closer to the European Union.
The President has observed that Europe was shocked by the court judgment in Yulia Tymoshenko's case and that the prevailing viewpoint is that that the former Prime Minister of Ukraine and her colleagues are the victims of political neutralization.
According to the President, Ukraine has not found yet the solution of political issues through amending the Penal Code, in particular in Yulia Tymoshenko's case. The European Union is observing the ongoing processes in this country and asks to ensure fair appellate proceedings of the former leader of the Ukrainian Government.
"A key prerequisite for signing the EU Association Agreement is that Ukraine should demonstrate practical actions as a proof that it can already live in the spirit of political association with Europe. Lithuania and the European Union are not willing to dictate as they respect Ukraine, which means that we are waiting till Ukraine itself finds the solutions," the President said.
Last updated 2011.11.22 14:17Back