President of the United States George Bush hailed Georgian and Ukrainian democracy in his last annual speech delivered to Senate yesterday. Bush summed up internal policy in the country and akcnowleged that the economy was slowing but insisted its long-term fundamentals were sound.
Bush also summed up the last seven years of his presidency and spoke about the changes all over the world. The greatest part of his speech was about the fight against terrorism, Iraq, Iran and Middle East problems.
'Our foreign policy is based on a clear premise: We trust that people, when given the chance, will choose a future of freedom and peace. In the last seven years, we have witnessed stirring moments in the history of liberty. We've seen citizens in Georgia and Ukraine stand up for their right to free and fair elections. We've seen people in Lebanon take to the streets to demand their independence. We've seen Afghans emerge from the tyranny of the Taliban and choose a new president and a new parliament. We've seen jubilant Iraqis holding up ink-stained fingers and celebrating their freedom. These images of liberty have inspired us.' U.S. president said.
EU wants 'political stability' in Ukraine before closer ties
Elitsa Vucheva, EUOBSERVER
Ukraine needs to show political stability, as well as more political and economic reforms, in order for the country to win closer relations with the EU, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Monday (28 January).
"To achieve progress, we need political stability, we need a Ukraine that is really committed to political and economic reforms," he said after meeting Ukraine's new prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.