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Barroso: "Peace and stability" are paramount

March 7th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

European Union leaders issued a joint statement addressing the Ukrainian crisis on Thursday. Becky was in Brussels and spoke to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, to find out how the talks went.

He said that the EU is ready to sign a political association agreement with Ukraine, along with a package of around €11 billion in financial support. In addition, the EU is seeking "unilateral measures of trade giving [Ukraine] access to our markets even before the ratification of all the agreements."

Asked about public opinion in Crimea, Barroso said, "We want the international law to be respected and today I can tell you there was a unanimous position by the 28 heads of state and government of the European Union reaffirming these principles."

He said the most important thing was respecting "the opinion of the people of Ukraine," and supporting "peace and stability.”

He added: "We want to have a constructive relationship with Russia but of course we cannot accept the kind of behaviour that we have seen."

 


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