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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet spoke to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton about the situation in Ukraine

01.03.2014

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet spoke by telephone to European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton about the the situation in Ukraine. "In spite of plans to put a new government in place today, the situation in Ukraine remains extremely troublesome," Paet said. "The most important thing is to prevent a new spread of violence and reduce tension in the streets and in various regions. What I saw at memorial sites on the streets of Kyiv a few days ago was very sad," he said.

Ashton and Paet emphasized that Ukraine's territorial integrity in unequivocal.

During their recent trips to Kyiv, both Paet and Ashton emphasized that helping Ukraine and preventing its economic collapse are very important for the European Union.  "Yet prerequisites for this are rapid and real reforms in Ukraine that will truly strengthen rule of law, reduce corruption, ensure the functioning of a market economy and give strength to civil society," Paet remarked. "An accountable government in Ukraine is the prerequisite for financial aid to the country via, for instance, the European Union, IMF and other structures," he said.

Also, it is important for Ukraine to carry out rapid and bona fide reforms that will truly strengthen the rule of law, reduce corruption, ensure the functioning of a market economy and strengthen civil society,” the foreign minister said." A prerequisite for financial support from the IMF, European Union and other structures is the presence of an accountable government in Ukraine," he added.

Foreign minister Paet and EU foreign policy chief Ashton also discussed Ukraine's presidential elections scheduled for the month of May.  "The elections in May must be free and democratic," the Estonian foreign minister emphasized.


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