Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Carl Bildt, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament Elmar Brok and Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle after the meeting with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich on the 20th September 2013 in Yalta
"When we met President Yanukovich one year ago we stressed that there should be no room for a pause in the EU-Ukraine relations and no room for compromise on values. We spoke on the steps necessary to move ahead to a new level of our relations through the Association Agreement.
At the meeting today we have:
- appreciated that Ukraine is taking forward work on a number of concrete issues which are relevant for the possible signature of the Association Agreement/DCFTA at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November
- underlined the crucial importance of progress on electoral legislation, the legislation on Prosecutor General Office and with respect to the case of Yulia Tymoshenko.
- stressed that the time is getting short and reinforced efforts are needed to ensure "determined action and tangible progress on the benchmarks needed for the signature of the Association Agreement.
- reaffirmed that the EU willfirmly stand by Ukraine against unacceptable external pressures linked to its determination to sign the Association Agreement/DCFTA."