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UPD: 24/06/2014 Conclusions of the EU Council on the situation in Ukraine. Full text

Выводы Совета ЕС по ситуации в Украине. Полный текст

The EU Council at its meeting on June 23 adopted conclusions on the situation in Ukraine.

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Here is 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 endorses the President’s decisive actions to restore peace and stability in Ukraine, which he has been doing since the inauguration, amid growing violence from pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and daily casualties. In particular, the recently shot down Ukrainian military aircraft, which led to the death of 49 people near Lugansk. This is happening, despite the encouraging talks held with the participation of representatives of the Russian Federation and the acting head of the OSCE on the initiative of the president, as well as high-level direct contacts between the Ukrainian and Russian authorities. Now it is becoming increasingly important that these negotiations bring quick and real results.

The EU calls on all parties to immediately agree and abide by the cease-fire in order to stabilize the security situation, achieve real de-escalation and create the necessary conditions for implementing 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 border of Ukraine, use its influence on the separatists to stop the violence and achieve disarmament, continue the withdrawal of troops and refrain from their accumulation at the Ukrainian border, as well as cancel the mandate of the Federation Council on the use of force on Ukrainian territory. The Council also calls on the Russian Federation to use its influence in order to ensure the immediate release of the OSCE observers and other hostages from the captivity of armed separatists.

2. The Council recalls that the Commission, the European External Relations Service and the Member States carried out preparatory work on possible targeted measures, as demanded by the European Council in March, so that further steps can be taken if events in East Ukraine are require this.

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 being done to implement the legal consequences of the illegal accession of Crimea. The Council decided to ban the import into the European Union of goods originating from the Crimea or Sevastopol, with the exception of those who received a certificate of origin from the Government of Ukraine, or the provision, directly or indirectly, of financing or financial assistance, insurance and reinsurance related to the import of such goods. The Council encourages the EECS and the Commission to continue to monitor the situation and to provide further necessary measures. The Council encourages UN Member States to consider taking similar measures in accordance with UNGA Resolution 68/262.

4. The European Union is also concerned about the sharp exacerbation of the situation with human rights and the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, as described 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 highly appreciates the current demands 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 on constitutional reform and decentralization reform, the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, the reform of the judicial system, the fight against corruption and the improvement of 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 with two recent important payments to the commission totaling 750 million euros under a state construction and macro-financial assistance contract in accordance with the conditions set out in the Memorandum of Understanding. In this context, the Council expects a high-level donor coordination meeting on Ukraine to be held in Brussels on July 8.

6. The Council expects the rest of this week to sign the rest of the provisions of the Association Agreement, including its in-depth and comprehensive free trade area. The EU is convinced that the Agreement will give additional impetus to political and economic reforms, will provide modernization, strengthening the rule of law and economic growth. The EU reaffirms its support for Ukraine regarding the previous application of the Agreement and its effective implementation.

The Council recalls the intention of the commission to also join the consultations at the political level together with Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the implementation aspects of the Agreement in order to allay concerns about its possible consequences. Russia's threats to use trade measures against countries that sign the Association Agreement / DCFTA are unjustified.

7. The Council agrees to create a mission on the general security and defense policy to assist Ukraine in reforming the civil security sector, including the protection of 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 her conclusions of May 12. On this basis, operational planning can be continued with a view to deciding on the next 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 endorses the work already begun by the OSCE and its special monitoring mission. The EU will support the activities of the Mission and looks forward to the continuation of its mandate.

9. It is regrettable that consultations on gas supplies from the Russian Federation to Ukraine in the framework of trilateral gas negotiations, initiated and with the assistance of the European Commission, have not been completed as of today, and gas supplies to Ukraine have been transferred to prepay mode and then terminated The Council encourages the parties to reach an agreement as soon as possible and supports the Commission in its efforts to facilitate a compromise solution. Such an agreement is important to stabilize the Ukrainian economy and ensure the reliability of the 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 stresses the importance of continuing reforms in the energy sector in Ukraine.

10. The Council confirms the EU’s readiness to strengthen interpersonal contacts between citizens of the European Union and Ukraine, in particular, through a process of safe and controlled visa liberalization in conditions of full compliance with the agreed criteria defined by the action plan on visa liberalization. In this context, the Council welcomes the Commission’s fourth progress report, dated May 27, 2014. The Council shares the conclusion that Ukraine has fulfilled all the criteria of the first phase of the action plan for visa liberalization and decides to begin evaluating the criteria for the second phase.

The Council expects the commission to present as soon as possible an assessment of the consequences of the possible impact on the security and migration situation in the European Union of future visa liberalization for Ukraine and as a matter of priority in the second phase of the action plan on visa liberalization. The Council encourages the Commission to continue to support Ukraine in the implementation of the action plan for visa liberalization, as well as continue to report on its possible impact on the situation with migration and security and the prospects for meeting all the criteria of the action plan for visa liberalization.