President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko positively estimates the state of relations between Ukraine and European Union. Deputy Head of the President’s Secretariat Olexander Chalyy stated at the briefing, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

“Our relations with the EU are developing consistently and are based on the approaches of new realism. This means we are trying to concentrate on specific issues and problems,” he said and added that Ukraine’s dialogue with the EU “has become more practical.”

Chalyy said the President saw progress in Ukraine’s relationship with the EU and hoped that an upcoming Ukraine-EU summit, which will take place in Kyiv on September 14, “will give a new impulse to our cooperation.”

Chalyy said Ukraine’s political crisis “has had no effect on the nature and dynamics of its relations with the EU.” He said the participants of summit on September 14 would discuss the parliamentary elections. “The President’s main goal is to give the EU a signal that he and other Ukrainian officials and institutions will use their powers to ensure that the elections meets high democratic standards and is held in a transparent and fair manner,” he said and added that they would also speak about how the country would develop after the elections.


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