EU Gauging Ukraine's Resolve

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Meetings with Ukrainian leaders in Brussels were focused on assessing whether or not the government was committed to reforms, a European leader said.

Stefan Fule

European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule met in Brussels with Andriy Klyuyev, secretary of Ukraine's national security and defense council.

The Ukrainian government is keen on building a better relationship with the European Union.

EU representatives this year said the bloc was ready to sign an association agreement with Ukraine provided the government addresses a series of political concerns.

Fule said the meeting wasn't about dropping EU demands or modifying any of its conditions for association.

"It aimed specifically at taking stock of the actions taken by Ukraine to follow up on the commitments needed for a successful signature of the association agreement," he said in a statement Tuesday.

Fule said he welcomed progress made in ensuring Ukrainian prosecutors were working in line with European standards.

He also praised a decision by the Ukrainian Justice Ministry to hold a series of talks on electoral processes.

Ukrainian elections last year were viewed by the European Union is a step in the wrong direction.

Source: UPI