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EU summit on Ukraine stalls out

12-20-2011 11:02 BJT

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A summit intended to bring Ukraine into Europe’s mainstream has foundered on December 19 after the EU said it would not sign a landmark political and trade deal until Kiev resolves the case of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

The summit, four years in preparation, had been intended to mark the start of a new strategic relationship between the EU and the ex-Soviet republic, which has made European integration a priority while managing strong ties with Russia.

Jose Manuel Barroso, President of European Commission, said, "I came to Kiev with a clear message. The relationship with Ukraine is very important for the European Union. We want Ukraine closer to the European Union, and we welcome Ukraine’s European choice. At the same time, the values that underpin our relationship need to be fully observed at all times," Barroso said during the press conference.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (C), EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy (L)
and EU Commission Chairman Jose Manuel Barroso stand together during their meeting in
Kiev December 19, 2011. A summit between the European Union and Ukraine seemed headed
for failure on Monday over the Kiev leadership's treatment of jailed opposition leader
Yulia Tymoshenko instead of showcasing - as once planned - the launch of a new
strategic relationship. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (C), EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy (L)
and EU Commission Chairman Jose Manuel Barroso shake hands during their meeting in
Kiev December 19, 2011. A summit between the European Union and Ukraine seemed headed
for failure on Monday over the Kiev leadership's treatment of jailed opposition
leader Yulia Tymoshenko instead of showcasing - as once planned - the launch of a
new strategic relationship. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS)

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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