Belarus / Ukraine: democratization needed (US-EU)

On Monday the United States and the European Union called in a joint statement, the Ukrainian and Belarusian authorities to respect human rights, supporting democracy and the economic modernization of their countries.

“We demand that Belarusian authorities immediately release political prisoners and begin to respect the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” reads the document adopted at the end the US-EU annual summit in Washington.

The U.S. and the EU also called the Ukrainian government to honor its commitments to adhere to democratic values ​​and rule of law in order to ensure impartial judicial proceedings, transparent and honest with former ministers, including including the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Washington and Brussels have pledged to continue their support to Belarus and Ukraine in their European integration efforts, stressing that such integration is impossible without democratization and economic modernization.


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