24/4/2014 12:26
RIA Novosti


EU, Ukraine Agree to Continue Deal Talks

Topic: Pro-EU Protests Erupt in Ukraine

22:21 02/12/2013
Tags: EU, Mykola Azarov, Viktor Yanukovych, Jose Manuel Barroso, Kiev, Ukraine, Brussels

BRUSSELS, December 2 (RIA Novosti) – The presidents of Ukraine and the European Commission on Monday agreed to continue talks regarding association and free-trade deals that Ukraine recently said it would postpone.

“The European Commission stands ready to discuss aspects of implementation related to the agreements already initialed, but not to reopen any kind of negotiations,” the European Commission said in a statement.

Ukrainian President Yanukovych phoned European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, asking him “to receive a delegation from Ukraine to have a discussion on some aspects of the association agreement and the deep and comprehensive free-trade area,” the statement reads.

Barroso, in turn, confirmed that the delegation would be received “at the appropriate level.”

The schedule and leadership level of such talks were to be arranged through the appropriate diplomatic channels.

In an interview with Ukrainian television later in the day, Yanukovych said the agreements were prepared “hastily” and he wanted to renegotiate the terms of the deals so that they favored Ukrainian manufacturers.

In the conversation with Barroso, Yanukovych also “explicitly confirmed the intention to investigate the use of force by Ukrainian police” during rallies over the weekend that left more than 300 police and protestors injured. Yanukovych also vowed to inform the public about the results.

Yanukovych admitted that the crackdown on the protest was too violent.

“Law enforcement officers overreacted on Friday night, and there is no justification for that. But we are fully aware that someone or something provoked them,” the Ukrainian leader said.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Yanukovych assured Barroso that both he and his government were ready for talks with the protesters, as proposed by the Ukrainian parliament’s speaker on Sunday.

Azarov said that although the government saw the signs of a coup being plotted, the country’s leadership was currently determined “to show restraint.”

“We know that a plan to take the parliament by force is being prepared,” he said.

Ukraine stunned EU leaders last month by announcing that it was suspending the signing of free-trade and association agreements with the EU after months of Russia warning its neighbor not to sign them. The announcement triggered a wave of protests throughout Ukraine.

The demonstrations, which had until this weekend been largely peaceful, took a sour turn Saturday morning, when police violently cleared Kiev’s Independence Square. The unrest continued Sunday afternoon as mobs attempted to storm the country’s presidential administration.

The premier said that neither he nor the president was informed about a planned crackdown on the protestors.


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  • Mikhail1228Protesters are being fed lies!
    22:35, 02/12/2013
    Young Ukrainian protesters have no clue what they are protesting about. Most believe that Ukraine was entering the EU as a full member and the government stopped it. The EU was NOT offering full membership to Ukraine. The EU wanted to open markets with Ukraine and to be able to use their land as a precursor to full EU membership. The EU needs to send garbage (refuse) and to bury dangerous industrial materials in landfills built on Ukraine’s soil. These protesting young Ukrainians are under the false impression that had this deal gone through they would have had their educations paid for by the EU and that the EU countries of Western Europe would welcome them with open arms. A big NOT to both!! As anyone whom reads knows, the EU countries are angry with migrants. It doesn’t matter where the migrants come from they don’t want them anymore. People in France, Italy and Spain don’t want migrant Ukrainians roaming their streets looking for jobs and benefits. The streets of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece are flooded with young people protesting austerity and being in the EU.

    What these young protesters don’t know is that opening up the Ukrainian market to the EU will have a devastating effect on Ukrainian business and producers. Ukrainian products cannot compete with Western commodities. Ukrainian consumers will immediately start purchasing better quality EU products. The Ukrainian consumers will be overjoyed with their purchases. The Ukrainian consumers will leave many Ukrainian businesses with financial insecurity and, eventually in shutdown, economic collapse and total ruin. Then these Ukrainian consumers buying EU goods will lose their jobs and won’t be able to afford anything. Ukraine will be in the same economic condition as Greece. Last Tuesday’s Drudge Report had a story about Greeks inflicting themselves with HIV/AIDS to get more benefits due to the economy.

    These young protesters are being fed lies. President Putin said, “This internal political process is an attempt by the opposition to destabilize the existing legitimate rule in the country.”

    When Ukraine is in the same condition as Greece will the US help them economically? Of course not. Western Europe needs a garbage dump and needs Ukrainian land and resources. The EU can’t afford to put young Ukrainians through school and doesn’t want any more foreign migrants leaching off of them. Seventy percent of people in the EU are fed up with austerity and want out of the EU.

    And these young protesting boneheads want in!!
  • Mikhail1228The story in the New American!
    00:01, 04/12/2013

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