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Monday, 2 December 2013

President and Van Rompuy discuss Ukraine

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President Bronislaw Komorowski and European Council head Herman Van Rompuy late on Monday discussed the political crisis in Ukraine and the development of EU-Ukraine relations, presidential Minister Jaromir Sokolowski has told PAP.

 

The conversation centred on scenarios of EU-Ukraine relations in the wake of the failure of last week's Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Jaromir Sokolowski said.

 

"The talks also focused on the political crisis in Ukraine. The partners expressed a hope for a peaceful solution to the conflict," the presidential minister stressed.

 

Komorowski and Van Rompuy also discussed the prospects of signing an EU-Ukraine association deal in the context of planned bilateral talks related to the association agreement to be held in Brussels at a later date.

 

European Commission (EC) head Jose Manuel Barroso and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Monday agreed to hold such consultations. The EC noted that it was ready to discuss the implementation of the deal but not to re-open the negotiations.

Earlier on Monday Poland's National Security Council, attended by President Komorowski and PM Donald Tusk, discussed the developments in Ukraine.

 

Ukrainian supporters of integration with Europe have protested since November 21 against Ukraine's abrupt move to end EU association talks and tilt towards Moscow. Kiev's Independence Square, a symbolic gathering place for supporters of the European direction, saw some 200,000 protesters on Sunday, according to reports.

 

The Ukrainian opposition refuses to talk to the authorities and demands the dismissal of the current government and the release of jailed former PM Yulia Tymoshenko. (PAP)

 

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