Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Eastern Partnership should not hamper process of Ukraine's European integration - President

In his today’s interview to mass media in Prague, President Victor Yushchenko said that the European Partnership initiative should not be replacement of our country’s European integration aspirations. “Ukraine does not perceive the dialogue within the framework of Eastern Partnership as an alternative to our integration expectancies, we are developing through the Association Agreement”, - he said. “We would not like the dialogue of integration replaced by other form, which does not foresee Ukraine’s membership in the EU”, - he explained.

At the same time President Yushchenko said that if the European Commission wishes to conduct a specific dialogue with a number of Eastern European countries, “such an initiative will never be excess”. According to him all the directions of such a cooperation, particularly boarder administration, energy saving or transport are important and “the dialogue would be welcomed”.