Strasbourg, 23 January 2014 - Today Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov. Mr. Jagland released this statement on the crisis in Ukraine following the meeting:
“In my discussions today with the Prime Minister, I proposed him to reassess, jointly with our experts, the entire legislative package adopted on 16 January, in order to ensure that Ukraine meets the Council of Europe standards.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the Prime Minister accepted this offer and agreed to immediately begin the appropriate consultations at the expert level. I welcome his constructive attitude. It is now important that the violence stops and the situation is brought back from the streets to the rule of law. The dialogue with the Council of Europe on this legislative package could be an important contribution to this process.
The Council of Europe will now, for its part, accelerate its assessment of the legislative package, in order to ensure that it is a useful contribution to the discussions in the Verkhovna Rada.”