Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has described his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos as "useful".
Commenting on the decision to remove Ukraine-linked discussions from the forum's agenda, Azarov said: "I had such a busy program that I myself did not speak to the administration of this forum. They had a chance to listen to the official view of the Ukrainian leadership. That is why we came there," he said. According to Azarov, his trip was useful because the Ukrainian delegation had an opportunity to convey a clear message to the international community. "It is imperative to find compromises, instead of pretexts for confrontation and clashes, in order to normalize the situation in Ukraine and allow the country to develop and pursue its European course," Azarov said. According to him, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland told him in Davos that European experts could analyze the latest laws adopted in Ukraine in terms of their compliance with European democratic standards. "Jagland also reiterated the need for dialogue aimed at restoring stability in Ukraine, He said that policy should not be decided on the streets. There are opportunities today to settle the situation," Azarov said.