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- Prime Minister: Yulia Tymoshenko’s case is a problem in the relations of Ukraine and the EU which can and need to be solved
Today, Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius accepted the head of the Ukrainian Government Mykola Azarov. The questions discussed during the meeting included Ukraine’s integration into the European Union, options of visa-free regime, cooperation in the area of transport, energy projects as well as prospects of economic cooperation.
The head of the Lithuanian Government Andrius Kubilius voiced Brussels’ concern regarding Yulia Tymoshenko’s case which is becoming the chief obstacle for Ukraine’s integration into the European Union. “I believe that Ukraine will find adequate solutions to this problem,” expressed his hope Andrius Kubilius.
Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius noted that Lithuania is interested in Ukraine’s integration into the EU. “During the second half of 2013 we are going to hold the presidency of the EU and we would indeed wish to help Ukraine become closer to the EU,” maintained Andrius Kubilius during a joint press conference of the prime ministers.
The Lithuanian Prime Minister also highlighted that integration into the EU is subject not only to economic or legal but also to values-based criteria which were to be met by Lithuania or the Balkan countries during the process of their accession to the EU, and which are also to be met by Ukraine.
During the meeting of the Lithuanian and Ukrainian delegations, the following documents were also signed: a programme of cooperation between the Ministries of Culture of the two countries, a memorandum regarding cooperation of the public enterprise Investuok Lietuvoje (Invest in Lithuania) and the State Investment and National Projects Agency of Ukraine and a memorandum on cooperation in the area of control of psychoactive materials between the Ukrainian State Drugs Control Service and the Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department of the Republic of Lithuania.