The following is an extract of a press release issued by the External Relations department at the European Paliament following yesterday's adoption of a resolution on Ukraine:

European Paliament.  The outcome of the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit of 29 November shows that the EU must do more to support the European aspirations of its eastern partners, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. They urge the December EU Council to send a strong political signal that the door to the EU is still open, despite Ukraine's failure to sign the association agreement.

The resolution says the EU must use all the tools it has, including aid, trade, visa waivers and energy-security projects in a “more strategic and flexible policy" to support its eastern partners choosing to strengthen their ties with Europe.

Parliament condemns the Russian pressure exerted on Ukraine, Armenia and other eastern partners to deter them from signing agreements with the EU, urging the EU and member states to respond. It calls on the Commission to consider counter-measures if Russia breaks World Trade Organization rules with politically motivated trade sanctions against the EU and its partners.

Ukraine – a missed opportunity

MEPs deplore the decision by Ukraine’s President Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement calling it a "major missed opportunity". They underline their continued support for it, provided the necessary conditions are met, and call on the December Council to send a strong political signal that the EU remains ready to engage with Ukraine.

They express their solidarity with the Ukrainian people demonstrating peacefully against Mr Yanukovych’s decision and condemn the "brutal and unacceptable" use of force by security forces on the nights of 9, 10 and 11 December, including during the visit by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton.

They demand the immediate and unconditional release of the protesters arrested and appeal for a top-level EU mediation mission to go to Ukraine.

MEPs also call for a European Parliament mission to Ukraine as soon as possible and point to the democratic possibility in any democracy to call new elections “when renewed popular legitimacy is needed”.



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