Press Release

Ukraine: our door must remain open but we must explain to the Ukrainian people that our Europe is a Europe of values not just a Europe of money

Brussels
, 28.11.2013 - 14:58
EU and Ukraine

"I still strongly believe in our neighbourhood policy and, despite today's failure to sign the Agreement with the Ukraine, I think we must remain true to our democratic values. We did not set our standards too high", said Elmar Brok MEP, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.

"We have offered our Ukrainian partners all the help we could give to ensure that they could sign the Agreement, but they lacked the political will. Their reliance on Russia is a serious mistake. They know very well that the transformation of their country is the necessary requirement to ensure the durable economic and social prosperity of the Ukraine. Today's reforms, no matter how difficult, are an investment for a better future. Therefore the argument used by President Yanukovych that the signing of such a major Agreement would cost the Ukraine billions of Euros is simply false."

"Now, our door must remain open but we must explain to the Ukrainian people that our Europe is a Europe of values not just a Europe of money."

Mr Brok praised the courage of the Ukrainian youth who are fighting for their country and their sovereign right to choose the future of their country. He also called on EU leaders to ensure that the EU gave a strong response to the unlawful pressure exercised by Russia on its neighbours and used all the instruments at its disposal to provide support to our Eastern partners.

Note to Editors
The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 275 Members from 27 Member States.

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