Guido Westerwelle: Ukraine must remove all obstacles on the path to EU

11:25, 11 October 2013
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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has said that Ukraine must remove all obstacles on its path towards closer ties with the European Union for the association agreement to be signed, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"In April 2013, after the European Court of Human Rights gave its ruling in the case surrounding former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Minister Westerwelle called upon Ukraine to tackle shortfalls in these fields," reports the official website of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Guido Westerwelle during his visit to Ukraine on October 10-11 and talks with the government and opposition discussed cooperation within the European Union’s Eastern Partnership and Ukraine’s prospects for drawing closer to the EU. "Germany is supporting Ukraine’s path to Europe and recognizes the progress made by the country. Ukraine hopes to sign an association agreement with the EU. Negotiations have been completed but the agreement is yet to be signed due to concerns about human rights and the rule of law in the country. The EU is expected to issue a progress report on the matter in the coming week," the statement says.

The German Federal Foreign office notes that Germany is hoping for a humane solution to be found soon and remains ready to contribute. "With respect to a previous suggestion that Yulia Tymoshenko could seek treatment in Germany, the offer still stands but the decision would have to come from the Ukraine side," they stress.

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