Polish PM calls for joint EU stance on Ukraine
January 31, 2014
Poland's PM Donald Tusk
Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has appealed for the common stance of the European Union and its institutions on the situation adding that no dialog is possible until the authorities called a halt to the violence.
Tusk discussed the Ukrainian crisis with European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso and the European Parliament president Martin Schulz in Brussels on Thursday.
Those responsible for acts of violence and abductions in Ukraine must be identified and held accountable, Tusk and Barroso said during a joint and brief news conference held after talks on recent developments in Kiev where several protestors have been shot dead and others abducted and reported missing.
The Polish leader said the most important thing at the moment is to stop all acts of violence.
According to Tusk the present crisis in Ukraine is “a sign of determination” of the Ukrainian nation to pursue the big project – the EU association agreement.
Saying he was "very much depressed by the footage" from Kiev, the Polish leader said the "authorities must understand it is only dialogue that will lead to assistance from the EU".
Europe is ready for talks but the repression in Ukraine must end, he said.
Tusk, who has played a frontline role in recent years to boost ties between the EU and Ukraine, said it is of key importance that EU countries and institutions have a common stance towards Ukrainian situation as well as towards the countries taking part in the Eastern Partnership, especially Georgia and Moldova which initialed EU association agreement in Vilnius in November.
“We need European consistency in action,” Tusk said.
He added that Ukraine can be a partner for UE only as a whole, including both the authorities and the opposition.