Release of the former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko is not enough for the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in Vilnius at the summit of Eastern Partnership, scheduled for late November, representative of the European External Action Service Mr. Reinhold Brender said at the round table "The European Neighbourhood Policy - Eastern Dimension: Progress with reforms."

"As for the summit of Eastern Partnership, a lot will depend on actions of our partners," he said.

Brender paid attention to the conclusions on Ukraine, adopted by the Council of EU Foreign Ministers in December last year, which note a need for decisive action and tangible progress in reforming Ukraine's electoral law, issues of selective justice and continuation of reforms begun earlier within the Association Agenda.

"We have not seen a wide decisive move in this direction from Ukraine," Mr. Brender said.

"Of course, pardon of Lutsenko is a positive step, but we have to see what will be done next," he added.

The representative of the European External Action Service stressed that the release of Lutsenko does not change "the whole game", and Ukraine has still to demonstrate progress in other areas. "There is a long list of topics to be covered," he said.


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