High-Level Brussels Meeting: Ukraine-EU Summit: Ukraine corruption and Russian aggression both on table

13:54 Nov. 24, 2016

Ukraine-EU Summit: Ukraine corruption and Russian aggression both on table

An Ukrainian flag in front of the European Union symbol (Getty Images)

Brussels urges reforms progress, Kyiv says main focus should be on situation in Donbas

Ukraine's record on tackling corruption is due to come under scrutiny at a meeting with EU leaders on Thursday. EU officials have been urging Ukraine since 2014 to clamp down on corruption and to carry out other reforms, but critics say not enough has changed, BBC reports.

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The Brussels talks with senior EU officials will focus on the progress of reforms, with the promise of visa-free travel for Ukrainians on the table. But Ukraine hopes another matter - Russia's role on Ukrainian territory - will take priority at the meeting.

"I think the focus must be on the situation in Donbas, on Russian aggression, on the extension of sanctions," Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said before the summit.

He added that Russia must be forced to honour peace agreements signed in early 2015 in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

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