FOREIGN affairs ministers of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) who met in Budapest on February 24 praised that the violence in Ukraine has ended, as well as the emergence of a new Ukrainian parliamentary speaker and the release of former-premier Yulia Tymoshenko from jail.
The V4 considers the stabilisation of the economic situation in the country to be key in the consolidation process, and the V4 ministers declared their support for Ukraine moving closer to EU, the TASR newswire reported.
The ministers of V4 countries confirmed that they are ready to visit Ukraine and share the experiences of their countries in the democratisation process as well as provide and coordinate humanitarian aid.
Ukraine finds itself in a situation faced by V4 members in the 1990s, according to Slovakia’s Minister Miroslav Lajčák.
"If they're serious about their statements, then they're about to undergo economic transformation, combat corruption, deal with a large number of accumulated problems and we have practical experience with all of this," said Lajčák, as quoted by TASR.
He stressed that the new Ukrainian government needs to be inclusive.
"It's necessary for the Party of Regions to be represented there and to have every Ukrainian citizen feel part of the new process," TASR quoted Lajčák as saying, adding that future developments must not turn into a triumph for one camp leading to vengeful reprisal.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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25. Feb 2014 at 10:00