Kyiv, 1 April, 2014 – During a briefing at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center Danylo Lubkivsky, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, recapped most important events of the last two weeks: “First, Ukraine signed the EU Association Agreement, and no aggressor can change that. Second, the UN General Assembly voted on Ukraine’s resolution, and even under Russian pressure the UN overwhelming majority refused to put up with trampling down the international the international law. Third, the Government announced the program of reforms: the budget is cut, the Government will be downsized, the taxation will be streamlined and the new IMF stand-by program is envisaged”.
Talking about the economic policy, Mr. Lubkivsky noted that the new economic policy encompasses anti-monopoly measures, deregulation of economy and improvement for investments, “our choice is very simple: free market over mobs, corruption and criminal economy”.
Commenting on the developments around the Crimean crisis, Mr. Lubkivsky emphasized that last week’s talks of President Obama and President Putin, as well as Secretary Kerry and Minister Lavrov resulted in one message: no real dialogue is possible without Ukraine.
However, the dialogue does not override the fact that the Russian aggression and annexation of Crimea are not and will never be accepted, said Mr. Lubkivsky. “We say “no” to federalization of Ukraine, we say “yes” to the local governance reform”.
Addressing the Russian authorities, Mr. Lubkivsky called for them to stop unacceptable violation of human and minority rights. “There are more than 5 million of Ukrainians in Russia with not a single Ukrainian school, with not a single official Ukrainian paper, with not a single Ukrainian TV or radio station. We call Russian authorities to pay special attention to the clear evidences of fascism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism, widely spread in that country”, said Mr. Lubkivsky, “We are applying all levels of legal solutions, including addressing international legal bodies, to stop the aggressor, prosecute and make them accountable”.