The EU-Ukraine Security Partnership: Status and Prospects
The Razumkov Centre presented the publication “The EU-Ukraine Security Partnership: Status and Prospects”.
For Ukraine, European integration means a process of convergence with the European community, its principles and values, standards of protection of human rights and freedoms. The state’s course towards Europe is supported by most of Ukrainian society, while implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine looms large in Ukraine’s political agenda.
Partnership with Ukraine becomes increasingly important for the EU. According to Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, «the partnership with Ukraine is one of the most strategically important that we have in the world», and the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is the most comprehensive among all EU agreements.
There is an increasing understanding in the EU that rapprochement with Ukraine must occur not only for the sake of political association and economic integration, which are the main focuses of the Association Agreement but also for creation of a common security space.