Deputy foreign minister resigns over Free Trade Agreement



2014/09/13 • Political News

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danylo Lubkivskyi announced that he was submitting his resignation because of his disagreement with decisions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin, reports Ukrainska Pravda

Lubkivskyi explained in his posting on Facebook, September 12, that the main reason for his resignation was the agreement reached by Ukraine, Russia and the EU to postpone the date when the EU-Ukraine [Free Trade] Agreement would enter into force.

“The announcement that the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin agreed to today in Brussels surprised me,” Lubkivskyi wrote. ” There will undoubtedly be rational and practical explanations given. In the past, there were good arguments cited even against our independence. The approved announcement sends the wrong signal to all: to the aggressor, to our allies, and, most important, to the citizens of Ukraine. Right now our economy, as if during a terminal illness, must independently grab its chance at life. A choice cannot be postponed, otherwise it is not a choice. ”

As has been reported, on Friday, September 12, an agreement was reached in Brussels that the provisional application of the [Free Trade] Agreement would enter into force only in 2016. Until that time, the EU would grant Ukraine independent trade preferences.

The EU said that this agreement would become part of the complex of “peace agreements” with the Russian Federation. The details of the other elements included in the compromise package have not been disclosed.

Danylo Lubkivsky was responsible for communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Earlier, he had worked as a speechwriter for President Viktor Yushchenko.

Pravda, translated by Anna Mostovych


Tags: , , ,

  • Jacks Channel

    Why is everyone trying to please Putin? I would have quit also.

  • Olga Vojak Huculak Dempski

    My question is: Why is Russia even included in these discussions? Is not Ukraine an independent country able to make it’s own decisions? If this type of disfunctionality continues, Ukraine will never be free. Russia won’t permit it.

  • Natalie Shy

    I have the same question: How did Russia even got included in these talks? Half of Europe is in Putin’s pocket. Russia with its KGB methods is winning. The rest of Europe watches on….Lubkivsky is an honourable man.

  • Edison

    It is disgusting that Russia is involved. It would be reasonable if they were involved before they invaded and annexed Crimea and invaded eastern Ukraine. Now it shows that EU is so weak that it cannot negotiate a trade agreement with Ukraine, which it supported years ago, without cowering to Russia’s military aggression and constant lying about everything. It’s like negotiating with terrorists.