NOTWITHSTANDING the current euphoria in Ukraine, it would be wrong to abandon the key points of the agreement reached between the conflicting sides in the country before the most recent dramatic developments, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák stated on TA3's show In Politics on Sunday, February 23.

In particular, the agreement, which was made shortly before the removal of president Viktor Yanukovych and the Ukrainian government, concerned reinstating the constitution from 2004 and the forming of a government that would lay the groundwork for free general and presidential elections, noted Lajčák.

In addition, Lajčák said that the cabinet to be forged in the days to come should include representatives of the Party of Regions.

"In terms of the nation's unity as well as Ukraine as a state, I consider this to be fundamental," he said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

While the political life of deposed president Viktor Yanukovych is over, he along with the Party of Regions represent a relevant section of society that must not feel excluded from whatever is currently going on in the country, Lajčák noted.

The foreign minister also reacted to a recent statement made by PM Robert Fico, who said that normal relations have never been established with Ukraine.

"What the premier meant to say is that the political system in Ukraine differs from the standard political systems that we're used to in European Union countries,” Lajčák said, as quoted by TASR. “It [the system in Ukraine] is marked by lower transparency; in other words - internal political developments aren't as clear as with our other neighbours.”

Source: TASR

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