European Union leaders have avoided answering the question about the official final statement on the summit EU – Ukraine in Kyiv on 13 July, reports «European true».
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, head of the European Council Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at a joint press conference didn’t mention the final official statement, which is usually considered an integral part of the summits of the EU with other States, the newspaper notes.
On a direct question of a journalist whether there was an approved application and whether it has a mention about the European choice of Ukraine, as they did not answer.
While Tusk reminded that this thesis contains in the preamble of the Agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU. «I only repeat what I said about the most important part the most important document of the Association Agreement. And it’s not a slogan. It is recorded that the European Union acknowledges Ukraine’s European aspirations and welcomes its European choice,» – said Tusk.
He also added that he supports this provision, but stressed that this claim makes on its own behalf, and not on behalf of the EU. «This is also our personal opinion, mine and Jean-Claude Juncker. And it is not accidental that the presidents of two European institutions is the same, when it comes to Ukraine’s relations with the EU,» he added.
July 13, the «European Pravda» reported that Ukraine insisted that in the final joint statement was a reference to a phrase from the preamble of the Association Agreement that the EU «recognises Ukraine’s European aspirations and welcomes its European choice». However, the representatives of the European Union with the wording not agreed on what became known after the informal meeting Poroshenko with EU leaders on July 12.
July 12 Official journal of the European Union issued a decision on the final ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. The decision comes into force from the moment of adoption. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that during the summit Ukraine – EU will coordinate ways to ensure the most efficient and speedy achievement of the objectives of the agreement.
The EU leaders expressed «personal opinion» about the European choice of Ukraine is the final statement for the summit 13.07.2017