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2015.09.08 13:45

Europe would respond to Russian pressure for EU-Ukraine deal – Lithuanian president

DELFI EN | The Lithuania Tribune2015.09.08 13:45

(BNS) Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė has said before a face-to-face meeting with Ukraine’s newly-inaugurated leader Petro Poroshenko that the meeting should cover possible Russian reaction to the planned signing of the Ukrainian-European Union free trade agreement.  

(BNS) Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė has said before a face-to-face meeting with Ukraine’s newly-inaugurated leader Petro Poroshenko that the meeting should cover possible Russian reaction to the planned signing of the Ukrainian-European Union free trade agreement.

“The inauguration speech today stated very clearly – and I was sitting at one table with the president during the official luncheon – that Ukraine and its president are determined to sign during the council on June 27. Without doubt, it is also about the Russian reaction and whether some economic sanctions will be introduced or not,” Grybauskaitė told BNS in a telephone interview on June 7.

In her words, Europe would issue a very strong reaction to inadequate conduct on Russia’s side.

“Of course, Europe would respond strongly, if there was any reaction on the Russian side. And this can be done very swiftly, as the third package of sanctions has been prepared and its introduction depends on the Russian behaviour,” said the Lithuanian leader.

She also said that Ukraine will be provided economic and expert assistance for reforms.

“We can pledge both economic and expert assistance (…). Europe, the United States and all of us call for peaceful settlement of the Eastern Ukrainian issue, stop of bloodshed and start of the Constitutional reform, which would cover a certain status and take consideration of sentiments and needs of people in the territories,” Grybauskaitė said.

In her words, Ukraine’s new leadership has stated its readiness to proceed with the reform.

Poroshenko, a local oligarch who was elected in early presidential elections on May 25, was supported by 54.7 percent or 9,857,308 voters.

The early presidential elections in Ukraine were held after removal of Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych, a Kremlin-supported leader, fled Kiev and went to Russia following three months of protests provoked by his decision to stray from the European integration course and get closer to Moscow.

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