The European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold an extraordinary meeting on August 28 to discuss the situation in Egypt and Ukraine, reads a statement posted on the Web site of the Group of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, informs Interfax. The meeting was initiated by the chairman of the committee, MEP Elmar Brok, who, in connection with recent events in the two countries, proposed discussing how the EU should respond to these developments. "We also need to assess the political implications of recent threats made by Russia that it might restrict trade with Ukraine in case the country signs an association and free-trade agreement with the European Union. This is a serious development which could cast a heavy shadow on the forthcoming summit in Vilnius," Brok said. Speaking about the situation in Egypt, he expressed confidence that the European Parliament "cannot stand by and watch the situation in Egypt deteriorate day by day". "The EU should try and facilitate a political solution to the crisis, a solution which is as inclusive as possible and which leads not only to new free and fair elections but also to a constitutional reform which respects and guarantees the rights of all components of the Egyptian society," Brok said.

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