UPD: 24/06/2014 Conclusions of the EU Council on the situation in Ukraine. Full text
The EU Council at its meeting on June 23 adopted conclusions on the situation in Ukraine.
The press service of the President reports.
We give the full text of the document.
1. The European Union welcomes Petro Poroshenko as the newly elected President of Ukraine. The EU supports the peace plan as the main opportunity to de-escalate the situation and approves the decisive actions of the president to restore peace and stability in Ukraine, which he has been doing since the inauguration, against the backdrop of growing violence by pro-Russian separatists in the East of Ukraine and daily human sacrifices. In particular, the recently shot down Ukrainian military aircraft, which led to the death of 49 people near Lugansk. This is happening despite encouraging talks held with the participation of representatives of the Russian Federation and the incumbent OSCE head on the initiative of the president, as well as direct contacts between the Ukrainian and Russian authorities at a high level. It is now becoming increasingly important that these negotiations bring quick and real results.
The EU calls on all parties to immediately give their consent and observe a cease-fire in order to stabilize the security situation, achieve real de-escalation and create the necessary conditions for the implementation of the peace plan of President Poroshenko. In this regard, the EU calls on the Russian Federation to support the peace plan, take effective measures to stop the flow of illegal militants, weapons and equipment across the Ukrainian border, use its influence on separatists to stop violence and achieve disarmament, to continue withdrawing troops and refrain from them accumulation at the Ukrainian border, and also to abolish the mandate of the Council of Federation for the use of force on Ukrainian territory. The Council also calls on the Russian Federation to use its influence to ensure the immediate release of observers from the OSCE and other hostages from the captivity of armed separatists.
2. The Council recalls that the Commission, the European External Relations Service and Member States have carried out preparatory work on possible targeted measures, as required by the European Council in March, so that further steps can be taken if the events in the East of Ukraine are this demand.
3. The Council recalls its strong condemnation of the illegal annexation of the Crimea and Sevastopol, and will not recognize it. The Council welcomes the work carried out to implement the legal consequences of the illegal annexation of the Crimea. The Council decided to prohibit the import of goods originating in the Crimea or Sevastopol to the European Union, with the exception of those to which the certificate of origin was granted by the Government of Ukraine, or the granting, directly or indirectly, of financing or financial assistance, insurance and reinsurance related to the importation of such goods. The Council calls on the EHRN and the Commission to continue to monitor the situation and to provide further necessary measures. The Council calls on the UN member states to consider the possibility of adopting similar measures in accordance with UNGA Resolution 68/262.
4. The European Union is also concerned about the sharp deterioration in the situation with human rights and the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine and the Crimea, referred to in the latest report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In particular, cases of torture, killings and disappearances of journalists and activists. The European Union appreciates the current requests of the Ukrainian authorities, which, we expect, will shed light on the responsibility for such acts. The Council calls on all parties to do everything possible to protect the civilian population and, as part of this, to allow humanitarian organizations - in particular medical personnel - to fulfill their role, guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality and non-discrimination.
5. The EU calls on the Ukrainian authorities to continue their reform efforts, including with regard to constitutional reform and decentralization reform, the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, judicial reform, fighting corruption and improving the business climate. These efforts should be the subject of a comprehensive national dialogue. The Council welcomes the continued active participation of the Council of Europe and other international organizations in assisting the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that these reforms comply with European standards. The EU reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the process of economic stabilization in Ukraine by two recent important payments to the commission totaling 750 million euros under the contract for state construction and macrofinance assistance in accordance with the conditions set forth in the Memorandum of Understanding. In this context, the Council expects a high-level donor coordination meeting for Ukraine, to be held in Brussels on 8 July.
6. The Council looks forward to signing at the end of this week the remaining provisions of the Association Agreement, including its in-depth and comprehensive free trade area. The EU is convinced that the Agreement will give an additional impetus to political and economic reforms, provide modernization, strengthen the rule of law and economic growth. The EU reiterates its support for Ukraine regarding the previous application of the Agreement and its effective implementation.
The Council recalls the Commission's intention to also join consultations at the political level, together with Ukraine and the Russian Federation, on aspects of the implementation of the Agreement, in order to address concerns about its possible consequences. Russia's threats to apply trade measures to countries that sign the Association Agreement / UZZST are unjustified.
7. The Council agrees to establish a mission on the common security and defense policy to assist Ukraine in reforming the civil security sector, including protection of the order and the rule of law. In this regard, the Council endorses the concept of crisis management, presented by the High Commissioner as a response to its conclusions of 12 May. On this basis, it is possible to continue operational planning with a view to deciding on further steps at its next meeting and begin the deployment of the Mission in the summer. The Council underlines the importance of coordination and coherence with other efforts of the EU, OSCE and other international actors.
8. The EU welcomes the work already begun by the OSCE and its special monitoring mission. The EU will support the work of the Mission and hopes to continue its mandate.
9. Regretting that the consultations on gas supplies from the Russian Federation to Ukraine within the framework of the trilateral gas talks, at the initiative and with the assistance of the European Commission, have not been completed as of today, and gas supplies to Ukraine were transferred to the prepayment regime and then stopped , The Council calls upon the parties to reach an agreement as soon as possible and supports the Commission in its attempts to facilitate the development of a compromise solution. This arrangement is important for the stabilization of the Ukrainian economy and ensuring the security of supply and transit of natural gas to and through the territory of Ukraine on the basis of a transparent regime. In this context, the Council emphasizes the importance of continuing reforms in the energy sector in Ukraine.
10. The Council reaffirms the readiness of the EU to strengthen inter-human contacts between citizens of the European Union and Ukraine, in particular through the process of safe and controlled visa liberalization, in full compliance with the agreed criteria defined by the action plan for the liberalization of the visa regime. In this context, the Council welcomes the Commission's fourth report on progress of 27 May 2014. The Council shares the conclusion that Ukraine has fulfilled all the criteria of the first phase of the action plan for the liberalization of the visa regime and decides to begin assessing the criteria for the second phase.
The Council expects that the commission will soon assess the impact of the possible impact on the security and migration situation in the European Union on the future visa liberalization for Ukraine and as a priority in the second phase of the action plan for liberalizing the visa regime. The Council calls on the Commission to continue supporting Ukraine in implementing the visa liberalization action plan, and to continue to report on its possible impact on the migration and security situation and the prospects for implementing all the criteria for the visa liberalization action plan.