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Member states of the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) believe that the geopolitical pressure on Ukraine is unacceptable.
This is stated in the ministerial statement published on the website of the Swedish Government, following the results of the NB8 meeting on Tuesday in Visby (Sweden).
The meeting was attended by foreign ministers of Sweden Carl Bildt, of Denmark Willie Sevndal, of Estonia Urmas Paet, of Finland Erkki Tuomioja, of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Svensson, of Latvia Edgar Rinkevics, of Lithuania Linas Linkyavichus, of Norway Espen Barth Eide.
"Any economic threats or political pressure against the countries participating in the policy of "Eastern Partnership"... is unacceptable," the statement says.
Ministers note that every country has the full right to choose the way it considers to be the best for its future.
"We express our full support for the signing of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, including deep and comprehensive free area trade, at the summit of "Eastern Partnership" in Vilnius in November, provided that Ukraine demonstrates significant progress in three key areas identified in December 2012," the statement reads.
The statement also noted that the ministers of the Nordic-Baltic Eight are satisfied with the development of the "Eastern Partnership" policy and note the tangible results of the participating countries.