Ukraine has taken into consideration the Resolution of the European Parliament (EP) on the situation in Ukraine adopted on February 6, 2014.
This document contains a number of signals that coincide with the approach of the Government of Ukraine to resolve the political crisis in our country. To find mutually acceptable political and legal compromise, resolve the crisis through peaceful dialogue, prevent violence and ensure the respect of human rights have been at the core of the actions of Ukrainian authorities.
It is important that the European Parliament call on protesters on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (The Independence Square) to refrain from using force and maintain the legitimacy of their cause peacefully and that the EP call on to keep all opposition leaders to refrain from violence and support peaceful nature of protest activities.
At the same time, biased assessment of the European Parliament of the actions of the Ukrainian authorities and ignoring the vast majority of constructive efforts of Ukraine's leadership for the implementation of confidence-building measures and the establishment of a peaceful and inclusive dialogue with the opposition and civil society is disappointing.
Unfortunately, a number of estimates expressed by the Resolution of the European Parliament raise concerns with regard to impartiality and effectiveness of the proposed permanent special mission of the EP to Ukraine, which creation requires further evaluation.
Unbalanced nature of the resolution, and calls for attribution of restrictive measures by the EU do not contribute to national reconciliation and atmosphere of trust in Ukraine, thus undermining the stabilization process.
At the same time it is necessary to underline far-reaching signals, expressed during yesterday’s debates in the European Parliament on behalf of the EU High Representative and European Commission, stressing that the EU strategy towards Ukraine is focused not on sanctions, but on dialogue and engagement based on, inter alia, recognition of Ukraine’s European perspective.
We confirm that European integration course and implementation of political, social and economic reforms aimed at approximation to the best European standards by signing and further implementation of Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU remains irrevocable priority of our state.
In this regard, we highly appreciate European Commission’s initiative to coordinate the preparation of strategic package of financial assistance for Ukraine aimed at introduction of social and economic reforms as well as for the support of the macroeconomic stability. We remain open for further consultations on the issue with the EU side, international financial institutions and other donors.
We are confident, that Ukrainians themselves are able to find out ways to settle the political crisis through negotiations between authorities, opposition and representatives of the civil society.