The Association Council reviewed the state of EU-Ukraine bilateral relations and took stock of progress in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine association agreement.
Our meeting took place against the background of an escalation around the Kerch Straight. The EU has been united and firm in saying that there is no justification for the use of military force by Russia. We will not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sebastopol by Russia and we have condemned the ongoing militarisation of the Crimean peninsula. The EU continues to be at the side of the Ukrainian people and will continue to do so.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
After the Council, a press statement was issued:
The Council examined the reform process in Ukraine, as part of the political dialogue and cooperation. It discussed measures to fight corruption as well reform of the judiciary.
The Association Council addressed the economic situation and EU cooperation with Ukraine. It also discussed bilateral trade and the implementation of the deep and comprehensive free trade agreement (DCFTA).
In addition, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine, including in the Azov Sea and the implementation of the Minsk agreements, as well as regional issues.