Interview with H.E. Teofil Bauer, the Ambassador of Ukraine in Bucharest
What is the situation of the Romania-Ukraine bilateral relations during this last year? Are there political projects being prepared for the near future?
The political relations between Ukraine and Romania this year were characterised by a substantial dynamic that was demonstrated by the successful organising, in September this year, of the official visit paid to Bucharest by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mr. Leonid Kozhara, and by the consistent talks he had with his Romanian counterpart, Mr. Titus Corlatean on this occasion, as well as a meeting with the Speaker of the Senate, Mr. Crin Antonescu. The visit was a very good opportunity for making an overview of all the fields of bilateral cooperation and for the common identification of the algorithm of future initiatives aimed at intensifying the dialogue between states. If we refer to the bilateral political treaties for the near future, I would mention that their identification and future implementation will directly depend on the consistency of the future visit of Minister Titus Corlatean to Kiev and the expected resuming of the dialogue at the level of speakers of the parliaments from both states.
What does Ukraine expect from the future Vilnius Summit of November 28-29, 2013?
The Ukrainian side does everything possible to sign the Accord of Association between our country and the European Union during the Summit of the ‘Eastern Partnership’ in Vilnius.
On 21 October 2013, Luxemburg hosted the meeting ‘Ukraine + the group of friends of Ukraine in the EU,’ whose results made the ministers of Foreign Affairs from the respective countries remark the significant progress made by Kiev on enacting the conditions which Ukraine must meet and which will allow the signing of the Accord of Association. On October 23 this year, the European Parliament, in its turn, passed a resolution that recommends signing the Accord of Association with Ukraine. We hope that on 18 November 2013, during the meeting of the ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU, we will have positive reviews from the rest of EU countries as well. This will definitively open the way for us to sign the Accord in Vilnius.
What are the priorities of the Ukrainian Presidency of OSCE?
By assuming the obligations which result from the Presidency of OSCE, Ukraine took upon itself a responsible mission. Reaching a consensus between the 57 member states of the Organisation, identifying the common points of tangency, the compromises and mutually acceptable solutions to the most acute and controversial problems in the activity of OSCE – these are the challenges for the Ukrainian Presidency during the achievement of priorities in 2013.
The intensive agenda of the Presidency is demonstrated by the very busy visit calendar of the acting President of OSCE. Mr. Leonid Kozhara, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and acting President of OSCE, has visited dozens of countries so far and attended the special session of the UN Security Council. The Presidency made public many important statements on major events pertaining to security in the OSCE space, as well as on the occasion of special international dates.
A responsible period for the Ukrainian Presidency of OSCE is the end of 2013, the most important task being to organise the 20th Ministerial Session of OSCE on 5-6 December 2013 in Kiev.
President Viktor Yanukovych said last week that he will promulgate a law on the medical assistance granted to inmates, which will also include the case of Yulia Tymoshenko. What is the situation of debates over this law in the Kiev legislative?
First of all, I would like to clarify a matter of principles – Ms. Tymoshenko was sentenced in accordance with the acting Ukrainian legislation, for several crimes. In this context, modifying the sanction exclusively pertains to the legal area.
However, as it is aware of the resonance of this case, the leadership of the state, including the Parliament, tries to identify a solution of compromise, which – while not infringing the Ukrainian laws – would still result in removing this matter from the agenda of the Ukraine- EU dialogue before the Eastern Partnership Summit of Vilnius.
Because of objective reasons, I cannot tell the situation of debates over the draft law you mentioned, but I hope that the solution proposed by the Parliament will contribute to solving the “Tymoshenko case.”