The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine noted that the decision of President Viktor Yanukovych on pardon of former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko should be viewed in the broader context of the priority measures for Ukraine's integration into the EU, acting director of the Foreign Ministry Information Policy Department Yevhen Perebyinis told a briefing.

According to him, the decision was made as part of the President's policy regarding the decriminalization and humanization of Ukrainian legislation aimed at bringing it into line with European standards for the protection of human rights and freedoms.

Perebyinis recalled that the European institutions praised the signing by Ukrainian President the pardons for six prisoners, including former government officials Yuri Lutsenko and Heorhiy Filipchuk.

"It should be viewed in the broader context of conduct of economic and social reforms on the agenda of EU-Ukraine Association, the reform of the justice system and the electoral law, the implementation of other important priorities for the integration of Ukraine into the EU," Perebyinis said.

He noted that Ukraine intends to continue working closely with the institutions and the member states of the European Union on all issues of interest in relations.

"We look forward to the adoption of a positive decision on signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement during the Vilnius summit of Eastern Partnership in November," the Foreign Ministry spokesman added.

He also stressed that the Ukrainian government continues to carry out a plan of priority actions for the integration of Ukraine into the EU for 2013.


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