EU supports reforms in Ukraine, ready to step up pressure on Russia – conclusions

The European Union will continue to support the reform process in Ukraine, is ready to take further steps to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine and tightened sanctions against the economy of Russian-occupied Crimea.
This is stated in the conclusions on Ukraine approved by the European Council on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent in Brussels reported.
“The European Council congratulates Ukraine on its new government and welcomes its determination to carry out political and economic reforms. Following the [European] Commission’s second disbursement in December of EUR 500 million in macro-financial assistance, the EU and its Member States stand ready to further facilitate and support Ukraine’s reform process, together with other donors and in line with IMF conditionality,” the EU leaders said.
The European Council noted that the situation in eastern Ukraine remained a serious concern.
“The [European] Union’s policy of not recognizing the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol was further tightened today. The EU will stay the course; the European Council is ready to take further steps if necessary. All parties, including Russia, should actively engage in and implement fully the Minsk agreements,” the document says.

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