September 12, 2014
‘Ukrainians have passed one of the most difficult exams to be part of EU’, – Petro Poroshenko
Spokesperson for Information and Analytical centre of National Security and Defense Council colonel Andriy Lysenko reported this during daily press briefing in Kyiv.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko spoke at the opening of the 11-th annual meeting of Yalta European Strategy (YES). The head of state noted the importance of integration of Ukraine into European and Atlantic security systems and the necessity of developing of new security strategy in the world.
The head of state emphasized that yesterday’s decision of EU to expand sanctions against Russia was very difficult, but the EU managed to find way o demonstrate its unity and solidarity with Ukraine at the time when it has lots of its own problems. ‘This is the indicator of how close Ukraine is to every European leader and nation now’, – the President underlined. He also added that the needs of Ukraine demand well coordinated and effective policy of not only European countries but the whole world. That was demonstrated at NATO summit in Newport.
The list of sanctions against Russia has been expanded with 24 persons (including the new leaders of the so-called DNR and LNR [Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics] and government members of the annexed Crimea, and also representatives of government and business). In addition the sanctions expanded on 5 largest banks of Russia, 3 major defense and 3 energetic companies. The introduced measures also presuppose limitation of access to European capital markets, ban on services needed for deepwater exploration and extraction of oil, exploration of Arctic oil and production of shale oil project in Russia. Ban on export of dual-use goods and technologies for military use to Russia will expand on 9 mixed defense industries.
President of Ukraine informed about simultaneous ratification of Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU scheduled for September 16. He mentioned that such decision has never been approved so fast before and gave thanks to EP President Martin Schulz.
Petro Poroshenko spoke about the implementation of reform strategies ‘Ukraine-2020’. ‘We’ll spend this 5 years strengthening Ukraine. We’ll strengthen Ukraine with an important perspective for Ukrainians – membership in EU, because Ukrainians have passed one of the most difficult exams to be part of EU’, – Poroshenko underlined.
President Poroshenko has also met EP President Martin Schulz this day.
Source: National Security and Defense Council