U.S. politicians have criticized Russia for putting pressure on the countries which want to build strong ties with the European Union, Radio Liberty reported on Friday.

"Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Belarus should be free to chart their own future. Our message should be that the door to Euro-Atlantic institutions is open, and if you're prepared to meet reasonable conditions, we will support you," Head of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations' Subcommittee on European Affairs Chris Murphy said at the hearing at the Senate, Interfax-Ukraine informed.

U.S. Undersecretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said that although Ukraine has passed more than 18 pieces of legislation harmonizing with EU standards to prepare for Vilnius, it has more work to do if it wants to sign the association agreement with the EU at the Eastern Partnership Summit.

"Ukraine still needs to take three important reform steps in order to meet the EU's conditions for signature at Vilnius. It needs to pass justice reform legislation, it needs to pass electoral reform legislation, and it needs to take action to release jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko for medical treatment," Nuland said.

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