Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko held a meeting today with Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, during which they discussed cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.

"Our team sees only one course – European integration, which begins with the building of European values and standards in Ukraine," Yulia Tymoshenko said, official website reported.

Catherine Ashton noted that she has always voiced support for countries that neighbor the European Union, including Ukraine.

"I know that a dialogue is underway on creating a free trade zone and association agreement, but for us it’s important to discuss how to deepen our cooperation," she said.

The representative of the EU underscored the importance of today’s meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko. "It was very important for me to have this opportunity to meet with you and begin our first dialogue on how the European Union can help Ukraine," she noted.

Yulia Tymoshenko congratulated Catherine Ashton on her new post as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. "I wish you great success, because there is much work to be done in the European Union and the entire European region," the head of the Ukrainian government said.

Catherine Ashton was appointed High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on 19 November 2009.
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