"We expect it to be an effective and important event, which will support the reformation process in Ukraine and will boost Ukraine's European integration," said Britain's Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Ukraine Robert Brinkley, commenting on the oncoming December 1 Ukraine-EU Summit, Cabinet's press office reported.

The British Ambassador participated in the Foreign Ministry press club's sitting and spoke at length about some aspects of his country's presidency in the European Council. Robert Brinkley also noted that British Prime Minister Tony Blair intended to participate in the Ukraine-EU Summit, which resulted in rescheduling the venue's day for December 1. The Summit gives an opportunity to reconsider implementation of the three-year Ukraine-EU Action Plan and note a significant progress in the Ukraine-EU relations within 2005, Robert Brinkley stressed. He also stated his expectations that the EU may grant Ukraine the market-economy country status before the Summit and start negotiations with Ukraine on visa procedure simplification for Ukrainians going to Schengen region countries.

Answering a question by Ukrinform's correspondent on whether decision on visa regime simplification with Russia means the EU considers Russia as more democratic and less corrupt than Ukraine, Robert Brinkley said: The EU started negotiating with Russia on visa regime simplification earlier than with Ukraine and as a result has completed negotiating earlier.


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