U.S.: Ukraine should fulfill all requirements for signing of EU association agreement

10:03, 31 October 2013
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U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt is urging the Ukrainian government to fulfill all the requirements for the signing of the association agreement with the EU, including to release Yulia Tymoshenko and allow her to undergo treatment abroad, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"We fervently hope that the government will take the few remaining steps necessary to sign the association agreement at next month’s Vilnius Summit, including the release of former Prime Minister Tymoshenko so that she can get the medical treatment she needs abroad," Ambassador Pyatt said in his speech "Ukraine’s Future in Europe" at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

The American diplomat stressed that Ukraine's choice of direction is its sovereign right. "This is your choice – and no one else has the right to tell you otherwise or interfere with your aspirations to better your nation by integrating with your European neighbors. No one," he said.

Ambassador Pyatt said the United States supports the Ukrainian people’s European choice. "We are your friend in this enterprise. A sovereign, territorially sound, democratic, economically prosperous, and European Ukraine has always been at the center of our hopes for our bilateral relationship. We stand ready to help Ukraine’s economy become connected to global markets, to help you strengthen your democratic processes and institutions and to help you take advantage of the many changes coming your way," he remarked.

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