On 2 December 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, made a press statement about Ukraine.
Tensions had been building is Ukraine since its President refused to sign a free trade and political integration agreement with the EU. The Association Agreement was due to be signed at the Vilnius Summit on 29 November 2013.
On 2 December, José Manuel Barroso had a phone conversation with Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine. During the call, he made the following points regarding the tense situation in the country: all sides should show restraint; all civil rights and liberties should be respected; the use of force by the police should be investigated as soon as possible; it is important that the Ukrainian authorities urgently engage with all relevant political forces; a peaceful and political solution is the only way for Ukraine out of the current situation. José Manuel Barroso also underlined that the European Commission stood ready to discuss aspects of implementation related to the agreements already initialled, but not to re-open any kind of negotiations. SHOTLIST