German-Polish statement on Ukraine

26.11.2013 - Press release

On the occasion of German‑Polish consultations, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski issued the following statement today (26 November) in Warsaw:

Poland and Germany remain commited to Ukraine’s European future.

Peaceful demonstrations taking place in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities are a strong signal that citizens in Ukraine are longing for closer ties between the EU and Ukraine. We share that wish and stand firm in our commitment to the people of Ukraine who would have been - and still can be - the main beneficiaries of the EU’s unprecedented offer of close political and economic cooperation.

The offer of an ambitious association agreement is still on the table. This requires the political will of the Ukrainian leadership to demonstrate determined action and tangible progress on the conditions set out in December 2012.

We believe that EU association presents the best opportunity for Ukraine’s economic development and modernization, for a more prosperous and stable future for the people of Ukraine.

Today in Warsaw Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was presented with the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Polish Order of Merit by Polish President Komorowski for his service to the German‑Polish friendship.

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