European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso met with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Interfax-reports.
“They expressed the EU’s determination in moving forward the Association Agenda with Ukraine in line with the country’s sovereign decision,” they said a joint statement released by the press service of the EU Council in Brussels.
With a view to create the conditions conducive to signing the Association Agreement, including a deep and comprehensive free trade area, by the Vilnius summit in November, the two presidents encouraged Yanukovych to take determined action and make tangible progress on the benchmarks set by the Foreign Affairs Council in December 2012, including on the issue of selective justice.
The sides also discussed cooperation on energy issues, as well as financial assistance, according to the statement.
European integration was also discussed with U.S. President Barack Obama.
As reported, Ukrainian and U.S. Presidents had an informal conversation at the official reception hosted by the U.S. president, the press service of the Ukrainian president has reported, according to Interfax.
“I said that we are confidently moving this way (European integration) and the given information was also accepted,” Yanukovych said.
Parties also discussed current situation in Syria.
“We briefly exchanged information on Syria. I noted that any peaceful solution is always better than any war, even if it is short, because it leads to humanitarian disaster,”- he told reporters in New York.