Barroso: “EU has right and duty to stand by people of Ukraine”

Barroso: “EU has right and duty to stand by people of Ukraine”
# 09 December 2013 14:21 (UTC +04:00)

While speaking in Milan on Monday, he said: "Just look at Ukraine. Those young people in the streets of Ukraine, with freezing temperatures, are writing a new narrative for Europe.

An Interfax-Ukraine reporter said that at this point he was interrupted by a long applause, after which Barroso continued: "When we see in the cold streets of Kyiv, men and women with the European flag, fighting for that European flag, it is because they are also fighting for Ukraine and for their future. Because they know that Europe is not just the land of opportunity in terms of economic development, because they have seen what happened in Poland or what happened in the Baltic countries, but also because Europe is the promise of hope and freedom."

In this regard, Barroso said: "I think the European Union has the right and the duty to stand by the people of Ukraine in this very difficult moment, because they are giving to Europe one of the greatest contributions that can be given."

He also said he believes "it is not true" that the European way of development is supported by only Ukrainians from the western part of the country.

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