EU says door remains open to Ukraine as unity cracks
December 17, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
BRUSSELS--Divisions emerged in the European Union's policy towards Ukraine on Monday, as EU foreign ministers arriving for talks on the EU's relations with Ukraine and Russia said the door remained open for Ukraine to seal a far-reaching trade and political agreement with Brussels despite Kiev's last-minute decision in November to pull back.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans sharply criticized EU enlargement chief Stefan Fuele, the official in charge of negotiations with Ukraine, who announced on Twitter on Sunday that talks with Ukraine were on hold.
“I think making policy on the basis of a Twitter notice by Mr. Fuele is perhaps not the best way of approaching this issue,” he told reporters.
“I believe the best signal we can give Ukraine is simply that the door is still open,” he said.