We already know what the European policy towards Ukraine will be. The Council of the European Union accepted the guidelines which express an unfavourable attitude towards the election but do not close the door on work towards association agreement implementation. One can say that was the idea. But not exactly.
Ministers of foreign affairs exchange views on terms which should be met, particularly on Ukrainian legal system, in order to sign the treaties and start ratification processes. Among the conditions, there is certainly a release of Yulia Tymoshenko.
What is however the most important in my opinion, is the date. The treaty could be implemented before the European Partnership Summit, which will be held in Vilnius next autumn. The date is remote, though, lack on any date would mean a real freezing of the legislative actions.
And here is when the bright side ends. The European Union sets new conditions. They are reasonable but given in a manner that is far from partner-like and closer to arrogant.
The view on that matter was also put forward by the European Parliament yesterday. Unfortunately a two-page resolution revolves mainly around the election. There is no courtesy towards The Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv, which has just started its work.
It’s a pity…