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UPD: 06/24/2014 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.

This was reported by the press service of the President.

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 endorses the decisive actions of the president 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 human casualties. In particular, the recently shot down Ukrainian military aircraft, which led to the death of 49 people near Lugansk. This happens despite the encouraging negotiations held with the participation of representatives of the Russian Federation and the current head of the OSCE at 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 a ceasefire in order to stabilize the security situation, achieve true de-escalation and create the necessary conditions for the implementation of President Poroshenko’s peace plan. 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 the separatists to stop violence and achieve disarmament, continue the withdrawal of forces and refrain from them accumulations at the Ukrainian border, as well as revoke the mandate of the Federation Council to use 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 the Member States carried out preparatory work on possible targeted measures, as required by the European Council in March, so that further steps could be taken in case events in the East of Ukraine to demand it.

3. The Council recalls its strong condemnation of the illegal annexation of 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 Crimea or Sevastopol, with the exception of those for which the certificate of origin has been provided by 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 ERPA and the Commission to continue to monitor the development of the situation and to provide further necessary measures. The Council encourages UN member states to consider adopting similar measures in accordance with UNGA resolution 68/262.

4. The European Union is also concerned about the sharp aggravation of the human rights situation and the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, which was mentioned in the latest report of the Office of the UN 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 enable 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 regarding constitutional reform and decentralization reform, the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, judicial reform, the fight against 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 are in line with European standards. The EU reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the process of economic stabilization in Ukraine with two recent important commission payments totaling € 750 million under the contract for state construction and macro-financial assistance 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 8 July.

6. The Council is awaiting the signing of the remaining provisions of the Association Agreement at the end of this week, 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, will ensure 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 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 remove concerns about its possible consequences. Threats to Russia to apply trade measures in relation to countries that sign the Association Agreement / DCFTA are unjustified.

7. The Council agrees to establish a mission on general security and defense policies to assist Ukraine in reforming the civilian security sector, including protecting 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 findings of 12 May. On this basis, operational planning can be continued with an eye to deciding what to do next at its next meeting and begin deploying the Mission in the summer. The Council emphasizes 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 Mission and looks forward to continuing its mandate.

9. Regretting that consultations on gas supplies from the Russian Federation to Ukraine in the framework of tripartite gas negotiations, on 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 prepaid mode and then stopped The Council calls on the parties to reach an agreement as soon as possible and supports the Commission in its efforts to contribute to a compromise solution. Such an agreement is important for stabilizing the Ukrainian economy and ensuring the reliability of supplies and transit of natural gas to and through 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 confirms 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 visa liberalization action plan. In this context, the Council welcomes the fourth progress report of the commission of 27 May 2014. The Council shares the conclusion that Ukraine has fulfilled all the criteria of the first phase of the visa liberalization action plan and decides to start evaluating the criteria of the second phase.

The Council expects the Commission to submit as soon as possible an assessment of the consequences of a possible impact on the situation with security and migration in the European Union of future visa liberalization for Ukraine and as a priority in the framework of the second phase of the visa liberalization action plan. The Council calls on the commission to continue supporting Ukraine in implementing the visa liberalization action plan, as well as to continue to report on its possible impact on the migration and security situation and the prospects for fulfilling all the criteria of the visa liberalization action plan.