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Brussels, 28 February 2014
President Barroso's phone call with the Prime-Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk
President Barroso spoke today on the phone with Prime-Minister Yatseniuk. He wished him resolve and determination in tackling the important challenges that Ukraine currently faces, in particular the political and social stabilisation and the inclusiveness of future reforms.
President Barroso expressed the EU's readiness to support democratic reforms in the country and informed of the internal work underway on options to assist Ukraine's economic modernisation.
In this respect and following-up on previous visits, High-Representative/Vice-President Ashton will travel to Ukraine next week for political contacts. In parallel a mission from the European Commission will also travel to Kiev to conduct an assessment of the needs.
Both President Barroso and Prime-Minister Yatseniuk concurred on the need to address the current tensions in Crimea through political dialogue in the framework of the country's unity and territorial integrity.