Statement by José Manuel Barroso, on Ukraine
Strasbourg - EP/Louise Weiss
On 12 March 2014, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, made a statement on Ukraine.
He said that the EU firmly condemns Russia's actions, which are against international law, and is working to support Ukraine and its citizens.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): We call on Russia to seize all preparations for the annexation of Crimea. It is simply unacceptable what is happening there. This so called referendum is illegitimate. It is illegal. It is in contradiction with Ukraine's constitution and also in contradiction with international law. This is the very firm position of the EU that we share with our main partners including the G7 members. We are also working to support Ukraine and its citizens. The European Commission adopted last week a comprehensive package of support, around 11 billion euro. And just yesterday we have announced a package of support in trade meaning that we are frontloading the opening of our market to Ukraine which will represent around 500 million euro for that country. Next week we will take further decisions regarding the urgent macro-financial support elevating our more urgent aid to 1.6 billion euro in support of Ukraine because that country needs our support.I hope that all the Member States will keep this position, a very united and firm position because we don't want to see one century after the First World War exactly the same kind of behaviour of countries annexing other countries. This is not compatible with the values of peace that are so important for all of us in Europe.