The European Parliament has called on all sides to respect the unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine and guarantee the inviolability of its borders; this is stated in a European Parliament resolution on the situation in Ukraine, which was approved in Strasbourg on Thursday, Ukrinform reported.
"[The European Parliament] calls on all sides and third countries to respect and support the unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine; calls on all political forces within Ukraine and all the international actors involved to commit themselves to work for the territorial integrity and national unity of Ukraine, taking account of the cultural and linguistic composition of the country and its history," MEPs said. The European Parliament reiterated that the existing borders of Ukraine had been guaranteed by the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom in the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances. MEPs welcomed the Ukrainian people, who managed to change government through civil resistance and won a historic democratic victory. According to the resolution, the Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, was ready for signing with the new government, as soon as possible and as soon as the new government is ready to do so. Separately, the resolution calls on the EU Council, the European Commission, together with the IMF and the World Bank, to come forward as soon as possible with short-term financial assistance to help Ukraine tackle its worsening economic and social situation and provide economic support to launch the necessary deep and comprehensive reforms of the Ukrainian economy. MEPs also called for an international donors' conference to be held without undue delay. In addition, MEPs called on EU member states to speed up the visa dialogue with Ukraine.