Invasion of Ukraine by Russia: - extracts from the Council and Commission statements

Type: News   Reference: 96016   Duration: 00:03:50  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 12/03/2014   First transmission: 12/03/2014
The presence of Russian troops in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and EU help to defuse the crisis there debated by MEPs and Council and Commission representatives on Wednesday morning. A resolution will be voted on Thursday.

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00:00:05 Exterior shot of the EP, Strasbourg. 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios KOURKOULAS, EU Council Presidency: "The solution to the crisis in Ukraine must be based on the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine according to international law. In this connection, leaders agreed that the decision by the supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to hold the referendum on the future status of this territory is contrary to the Ukrainian Constitution and therefore illegal". 00:00:30
00:00:40 SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios KOURKOULAS, EU Council Presidency: "Russia is an essential strategic partner, however the Council was clear, any further destabilisation in Ukraine would seriously affect EU-Russia relations in a broad range of economic areas. We stand ready to assist Ukraine and provide with strong financial backing to help stabilise the economic and financial situation". 00:00:27
00:01:07 SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios KOURKOULAS, EU Council Presidency: "The EU is committed to signing the Association Agreement including a deepen comprehensive free-trade area. This would bring significant opportunities for economic development and increase prosperity for the whole of Ukraine, including Crimea, as well as its neighbours". 00:00:18
00:01:25 SOUNDBITE (English) Dimitrios KOURKOULAS, EU Council Presidency: "We also intend to adopt unilateral measures which would allow Ukraine to benefit substantially from the advantages offered in the deeper comprehensive free-trade area, even before the signature of this agreement". 00:00:13
00:01:38 SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President: "We call on the Russian Federation to cease all efforts to annexe Ukraine's autonomous Republic of Crimea. Honourable Members, the present situation remains very tense, so we need to take a very principled but also a very responsible approach. The Ukrainian people have already shed too much blood in this process. No more lives should be put at risk." 00:00:25
00:02:03 SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President: "Commissioner De Gucht and myself publicly presented a Commission proposal to frontload unilaterally the trade parts of the Association Agreement, so that Ukraine can benefit from tariff reductions and tariff rate quotas even before the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area is fully applied. This will save the Ukrainian economy €500 million a year in tariff cuts. I hope we can count on your, and the Council's, active commitment to fast-track the approval process." 00:00:31
00:02:34 SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President: "And I can announce that the Commission will propose next week, the 19th March, macro financial assistance of an additional €1 billion. This amount, will bring our total macro financial assistance to 1.6 billion, and is a very concrete demonstration of our solidarity to help Ukraine face the short term difficulties." 00:00:22
00:02:56 SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President: "The ball is currently in Russia's court and, as we speak, the diplomatic, political and military situation is not yet moving in the right direction." 00:00:11
00:03:07 SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President: "If meaningful negotiations do not begin within the next few days and produce results within a limited timeframe, this will trigger additional measures. And a further deterioration of the situation could lead to far reaching consequences, which I sincerely hope can be avoided." 00:00:19
00:03:26 SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President: "A united, inclusive, stable and prosperous Ukraine can only be of benefit to all its neighbours and partners. The European Union remains committed to that goal. To Ukraine's unity and to European peace." Applause. 00:00:19
00:03:45 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:05
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