KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine and the European Union will continue to develop bilateral relations with Ukraine adhering to democratic standards, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek announced in Brussels Wednesday, during a press conference after his meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.
He noted that government officials and EU structures have regular meetings with Ukrainian government members. The next such meeting will be held on November 22, during the EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels.
Preparations for this summit became one of the topics at Wednesday's talks.
During the final press conference, Jerzy Buzek stressed that the close relationships that developed between the EU and Ukraine in recent years may continue to evolve, if the parties strive to achieve mutual compatibility of political and economic systems.
Buzek said he believes that Ukraine should adhere to democratic norms and standards not only in words but in deeds.
It is important not only for the development of relations between the EU and Ukraine, but also for Ukraine itself, he said.
According to the European Parliament head, the agenda of the bilateral relations has very many important things to be discussed at the next EU-Ukraine summit.
Among them there is continuation of negotiations on concluding an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, establishment of a bilateral in-depth and comprehensive free trade area, and the issue of visa-free entry of the Ukrainian citizens to the EU.