Summit made matters worse for Ukraine, Georgia – MEP

The Eastern Partnership Summit held in Riga at the end of May made the situations in Ukraine and Georgia worse, European Parliament deputy (MEP) Roberts Zīle told the media in Strasbourg Tuesday.

He pointed out that both states were expecting at least a promise of visa-free travel regime between them and the European Union, but nothing of the kind materialized.

The moderate nationalist right-winger believes the result clearly signaled negative outcomes for each of the countries, letting Russia draw its own favorable conclusions.

“So as a result, for example, Georgia is seeing public support for participation in the Eurasian Union. And the event is etched in people’s memory as the place where Jean-Claude Juncker hugged all the world leaders on the red carpet, recalling the times of Brezhnev,” he remarked.

Meanwhile Tuesday on Latvian Radio public discussion program Krustpunktā Latvia’s Foreign Ministry Special Envoy on Eastern Partnership Affairs Juris Poikāns said that “there are no painless ways” for Ukraine to reform itself into a “stable state”.

However he vowed the support of the international community, both financial and in the form of experience-sharing.

Poikāns insisted Ukraine and Georgia have all the opportunities to tighten relations with the European Union and following Moldova’s example, possibly negotiate a visa-free regime for travel to the EU.

But for now Ukraine remains wracked by war with apparently Russian-backed separatists in its eastern provinces that looks about to flare up again as a weak cease-fire agreement barely seems to be holding amidst new outbreaks of fighting.

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