Polish PM Tusk blames Russia for Ukrainian crisis in Bratislava


15.05.2014 11:31

Bratislava - The deep internal political crisis in Ukraine has resulted from Russia's aggressive policy, but it also has its causes in the weakness of the Ukrainian state, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at the international conference Globsec today.


Zleva polský premiér Donald Tusk, maďarský premiér Viktor Orbán, slovenský premiér Robert Fico a český premiér Bohuslav Sobotka se zúčastnili 15. května v Bratislavě mezinárodní konference Globsec. ČTK Koller Jan

The situation in Ukraine might stabilise after the elections that would "newly fill" democratic institutions and from which a new president, parliament and a government with a clear authority will arise, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said.

The presidential election in Ukraine is planned for May 25.

"In my view, this can strongly help stabilise the situation and strengthen the territorial integrity of the country including the reforms that will not aim at federalisation, but decentralisation of Ukraine," Sobotka said.

The Czech Republic clearly supports Ukraine's unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, Sobotka said.

The Visegrad Four countries (V4, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) should pass their experiences with the building of democracy to Ukraine, he added.

Sobotka proposed that Ukrainian students be included in the international student exchange programme Erasmus.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said he was sceptical of the efficiency of the economic sanctions against Russia.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stressed that democracy in Ukraine had to include the right of minorities, including the Hungarian one.

On Saturday, Orban's statement that he would seek autonomy for ethnic Hungarians abroad caused criticism.

However, Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi said in Bratislava on Wednesday that Hungary was not seeking Hungarians' territorial autonomy, but more collective rights for ethnic Hungarians.

Orban voiced a similar position in general terms today.

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