Riga summit statement: EU acknowledges Euro-integration aspirations of partner signatories to association agreement

The European Union acknowledges the European choice and aspirations of the Eastern Partnership nations that have signed association agreements, according to a final statement of the Riga summit, issued on May 22.

The European Union acknowledges the European choice and aspirations of the Eastern Partnership nations that have signed association agreements, according to a final statement of the Riga summit, issued on May 22.

The summit attendees acknowledge the European aspirations and the European choice of the interested partners, as stated in the association agreements, the statement said.

The summit attendees acknowledged that democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental liberties and the supremacy of law underlie the political association and economic integration envisioned in the association agreements. They acknowledge the commitment of the interested partners to implement and promote these values, the document says.

 

EU reaffirms stance over illegal Crimea annexation at Riga summit

The European Union has reaffirmed its position as outlined in a joint statement issued at the April 27 EU-Ukraine summit, including over the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia, according to a final declaration approved at an Eastern Partnership summit in Riga on May 22.

The summit attendees reaffirm their positions with respect to the UN General Assembly Resolution N68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, according to the document.

"The Summit participants strongly support all efforts aimed at de-escalation and a political solution based on respect for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity," the document says.

Earlier media reports said that Belarus and Armenia had refused to sign the joint declaration because of its phrasings regarding Russia's actions in Ukraine, such as "the annexation of Crimea."

 

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