The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine welcomes the Report on the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union adopted today by an overwhelming majority of the European Parliament.
This Report is not just a comprehensive review by the EU of the implementation process of the Association Agreement, but it also contains important signals on the whole spectrum of our relations with the EU in the context of further development of political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union. The document notes that the unconditional priority of the European Parliament remains to support the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The European Parliament strongly condemns Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, including the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and emphasizes its commitment to the EU’s non-recognition policy regarding attempted annexation.
The decision states that restrictive measures against individuals and legal entities involved in this violation of international law will be continued.
Ukraine is grateful to the members of the European Parliament for condemning Russia’s destabilizing actions, its military presence in Ukraine, militarization of the Crimean peninsula and Russia’s illegal actions aimed at seizing control of the Kerch Strait, including construction of a bridge without Ukraine’s consent.
It is of the highest importance that the MEPs called for the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners and prisoners of war held in Russia, occupied Crimea and the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts which are not currently under the control of the government of Ukraine.
The European Parliament once again reiterated that Ukraine has an European perspective and recognized the right of our state under Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union to apply for EU membership, subject to all Copenhagen criteria and principles of democracy, fundamental freedoms, human rights and rights of minorities as well as supremacy of law.
The Report notes that Ukraine has made significant progress in fulfilling its obligations under the Association Agreement as well as in the process of integration with the EU. The Ukrainian side will take into account the recommendations on the need to complete the ongoing reforms, in particular in the areas of rule of law, good governance and the fight against corruption.
Ukraine shares the European Parliament's vision of the need to update the parameters of the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area provisions taking into account the development of the legal framework, evolvement of the economic needs and prospects for sectoral integration.
The Report demonstrates the success of the implementation process of the Association Agreement and strong support of the European Parliament for further deepening of Ukraine’s integration with the EU.