EPP Leaders Inclined Not To Initial Association Agreement With Ukraine, Says Source

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- None of the leaders of the European People's Party (EPP), during the EPP summit held on Saturday, October 22, spoke out against a proposal not to initial the association agreement with Ukraine in December 2011, a summit participant who requested anonymity has told Interfax-Ukraine.

EPP President Wilfried Martens.

He said that EPP President Wilfried Martens delivered a report on the situation in Ukraine.

In particular, he spoke about his visit to Ukraine, as well as visits by other European politicians.

"According to Mr. Martens, a lot of effort has been made, but the Ukrainian president has not responded. It was a shock that despite his promises, the Ukrainian president then pretended that he had promised nothing."

"He broke our trust, and this cannot continue any longer. Ukraine's position has changed dramatically," the source said.

He noted that in his speech, Martens made a proposal not to initial the association agreement in December, as "now there's nothing to talk about."

"Some leaders nodded silently and nobody objected – nobody took the floor to speak out against this," the source said.

The EPP includes European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, several European commissioners, including Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Luxembourgian Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and others.

Another European diplomat, who also requested anonymity, drew attention to the change in the negotiating position of Ukraine's top political leadership.

"It looks so that the Ukrainian side is creating conditions in which the European Union will look to have disrupted the association agreement," he said.

The diplomat said that he meant the condition on granting EU membership prospects, as previously stated by the Ukrainian president.

"This is an earlier impossible condition, and you have known this since the very start of holding negotiations. It has been clearly stated from the very beginning that this document is not about membership prospects. It's sabotage," he said.

"The issue is not about Yulia Tymoshenko. You don't understand or don't want to understand that our position is not about her, and but that the decisions taken by the government and the prime minister are political decisions, for which people are not sent to prison."

"Using your logic, it's possible to send to prison any government and any prime minister of any European country," he said.

Source: Interfax