Ukrainian News Agency on November 19, 2013, reported that Germany has called on the European Union to provide support to Ukraine and other member countries of the Eastern Partnership initiative (Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Belarus) if Russia exerts pressure on them because of the signing or initialing of agreements on association with the European Union, the press service of the Federal Government of Germany said. Excerpts below:
“We have seen some pressure [from Russia] on them (member countries of the Eastern Partnership) in recent months, in Vilnius I will call on the EU to oppose such pressure with concrete measures, particularly by creating additional opportunities for sale of products that, for example, are not allowed into Russia or by providing assistance in the area of energy supply,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an address to the German Bundestag on November 18.
Merkel added that she discussed the unacceptability of such pressure with Russian President Vladimir Putin and stressed that there must be respect for the rights of countries to freely choose their paths of development.
At the same time, Merkel stressed the need for Ukraine to meet the requirements of the European Union,…
Merkel stressed that the European Union expects Ukraine to take real steps to fulfill the conditions for signing the Association Agreement.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, United States Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has said that Russian pressure on Ukraine’s foreign-policy direction is a violation of Russia’s obligations to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the World Trade Organization.
(Comment: on November 21, 2013, Russian pressures were the cause of stopping Ukraine’s preparations to sign the Association Agreement, a deplorable setback for the efforts of the European Union in its Eastern Partnership program. It is a great geopolitical setback for the West.)