He said that the EU is ready
to assist Ukraine in conducting democratic reforms and implementing a
number of projects, but added that Ukraine is not fulfilling in full
its commitments on reforming the country. "It often seems to us that
commitments on reform are only partially implemented and words are not
always accompanied by action," Barroso said.
He expressed hope that the
presidential election in Ukraine would be held in a fair, democratic
and transparent way. "We've already got used that elections in Ukraine
are held in line with democratic standards," Barroso said. Barroso also
stressed the need for Ukraine to return to its cooperation with the
International Monetary Fund.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, in turn, said that Ukraine's course for Eurointegration would remain unchanged after the presidential election and that domestic political problems would be resolved. However, he said that "we also need to see political understanding from the EU that we all are politically responsible for the fact that the [Ukraine-EU] association agreement becomes a peculiar example for other countries in the region and Ukraine's neighbors on their way to Eurointegration," Yushchenko said.
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