Ukraine and the European Union  will continue to develop bilateral relations with Ukraine adhering to democratic standards, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek announced in Brussels Wednesday, during a press conference after his meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, according to UKRINFORM.

During the press conference, Jerzy Buzek stressed that the close relationships that developed between the EU and Ukraine in recent years may continue to evolve, if the parties strive to achieve mutual compatibility of political and economic systems.

Buzek said he believes that Ukraine should adhere to democratic norms and standards not only in words but in deeds. It is important not only for the development of relations between the EU and Ukraine, but also for Ukraine itself, he said. According to the European Parliament head, the agenda of the bilateral relations has very many important things to be discussed at the next EU-Ukraine summit. Among them there is continuation of negotiations on concluding an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, establishment of a bilateral in-depth and comprehensive free trade area, and the issue of visa-free entry of the Ukrainian citizens to the EU.

The European Parliament President also called on Ukrainian authorities to cooperate with the country's opposition. He said constructive cooperation between the government and the opposition was needed to maintain a long-term political stability and economic development. It would also contribute to the fight against corruption and strengthen the rule of law.

The Ukrainian premier said, in his turn, that he was ready for a dialog with the opposition.

"I told President [Viktor Yanukovych] that my dream is to cooperate with the opposition, to cooperate constructively. I am asking Mr. President to appeal to our opposition and urge it for constructive cooperation. We are ready," Azarov said.

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