EU to Sign Part of Association Agreement with Ukraine Next Week
The political part of EU's Association Agreement in Ukraine will probably be signed next week.
After Wednesday's talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced that, "if there are no technical obstacles", signing of some documents regarding the agreement should take place at the upcoming meeting of the European Council, which is next week.
Deutsche Welle quoted him as saying that he and Chancellor Merkel were "both of the opinion that it would be good and useful to sign the association agreement as quickly as possible," as it would be helpful to the transitional government in Kiev.
It was precisely the refusal to sign of an EU Association Agreement that triggered protests and violence across Ukraine's ousted president Viktor Yanukovych in mid-November 2013 and led to him fleeing the country after Parliament declared him "illegitimate" on February 22 this year.
Merkel and Tusk also discussed forming an assistance program aimed at supporting Ukraine in rebuilding those areas for which Kiev has specifically requested help, such as the financial sector.
The two leaders also spoke of further possibilities of imposing sanctions on Russia due to its stance in Ukrainian region of Crimea's standoff.
Ruling out military action against Moscow, Merkel re-offered to set up a contact group to mediate between Russia and Ukraine (originally a German idea put forward last week), declaring however that time to accept the proposal was "running out".
Earlier on Wednesday, Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov announced that the Kremlin was refusing any requests for talks with the country's interim leadership.
In Merkel's words, if the idea of a contact group is not accepted, a second round of sanctions against Russia will be considered by EU leaders.
The next phase of sanctions, that could reportedly be voted on Monday, March 17, include asset freezes and travel bans on individuals.
EUObserver, citing draft EU documents has also suggested that sanctions on Russian officials are to target "natural persons responsible for actions which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and of natural persons associated with them".
Commenting on Polish Prime Minister Tusk's remarks that Germany is too dependent on Russian gas, Merkel asserted that discussions had already kicked off over the prospects of a common energy market that would decrease Russia's dominance in the gas sector.
Germany's Chancellor also refuted Tusk's claims that her country's high consumption of Russian gas is a threat to Europe's energy security.
- » Pope Francis to Visit Sarajevo in June
- » OSCE Calls for Immediate Ceasefire as Situation in Ukraine Deteriorates
- » Italian Parliament Elects President at Fourth Attempt
- » Greek FinMin Dismisses Further Negotiations with Troika
- » EU Moves to Extend Russia Sanctions over Ukraine
- » Russia Suspends Its Participation in PACE Until End of Year
The worst part in this tragedy is that the EU bureaucrats didn’t learn anything from all the enormous experience (from the other countries like Bulgaria, Romania etc.) they already had. The EU should’ve learned by now that smooth and gradual political and economic transitions are the best for Europe and the EU. The EU should’ve been involved in Ukraine with the mission to keep the stability and peace there and to avoid and prevent violent government collapses and financial instability.
Ok let me sketch you some of the upcoming realities in the next 20 years of Ukraine and the EU.
First of all there will be a rampant corruption and multiple government changes. Multiple political parties will be created and enormous amounts of EU loans and other funds will be stolen. All existing financial structures will collapse and will be destroyed, the entire population will get extremely poor. Everything what’s left from soviet or present times (some factories, machinery, plants, infrastructure, military equipment etc.) will be stolen and destroyed. Massive petty and high level organized crime will flourish spreading its tentacles far outside of Ukraine and the EU destabilizing neighboring countries and the EU. Massive immigrant waves, millions of Ukrainians (at least 10 million) will immigrate to Germany, Britain, France and pretty much all of the EU.
And finally there will be huge implications for the EU, Russia and Ukraine from losses and issues on trade, development and growth for those economies, which will stagnate the prosperity of this entire area.