Ukraine first needs stabilisation - Czech foreign minister


26.02.2014 17:42

Warsaw - Ukraine first needs political stabilisation before foreign economic help can come, Czech and Polish foreign ministers Lubomir Zaoralek and Radoslaw Sikorski said after their meeting today.


Ministr zahraničí Lubomír Zaorálek (vpravo) se 26. února ve Varšavě setkal se svým polským protějškem Radoslawem Sikorským (vlevo). ČTK Nerad Filip

Additionally, the help will have to be linked with certain conditions so that the foreign money does not disappear "as water in the desert" in Ukraine, Zaoralek said.

"Political stabilisation is a condition of our creating a programme that would resolve the undoubtedly very serious economic situation of Ukraine," said Zaoralek, now on his first official visit to the Czech Republic's northern neighbour.

"Political stabilisation is the first thing on the agenda. A temporary government must be formed that will lead the nation to the elections that, let us hope, will be successful and free and from which a government will arise that will be a partner able to absorb a long-term financial help," Zaoralek said.

Sikorski voiced a similar view.

He dismissed the idea that the financing of the economy (in Ukraine) in its current state would help anything.

Sikorski said Ukraine first had to show that it was ready to implement reforms and after it does, then the institutions would be chosen through which the EU could help.

He openly said he considered the current system in Ukraine corrupt.

Sikorski stressed that Ukraine had to remain a democratic and united state.

The countries of the Visegrad Four (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) are ready to cooperate and share their experiences with it, he added.

Zaoralek said he was about to leave for Ukraine on Thursday on board a special plane that would transport medical aid to the country and bring back the Ukrainians injured during recent clashes between the armed forces and anti-government demonstrators.

Along with other V4 foreign ministers, he wants to visit Ukrainian regions outside Kiev.

Zaoralek and Sikorski also spoke about Czech-Polish cooperation and European issues.

"We have very similar ideas and an interest in the way the future Europe should look," Zaoralek said.

"I wish Central and Eastern Europe played a more considerable, more dignified and stronger role in the EU," Zaoralek said.

"I wish the European Union developed in the direction all of us will really share," he added.

Zaoralek said he could see a partner in Poland that the Czech Republic would understand when advocating the policy.

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