European Commission President José Manuel Barroso made the following remarks on Ukraine after the G7 Summit in Brussels on 4-5 June 2014. //
"The most important message clearly is: the G7 stands united behind Ukraine. We have made clear that we stand behind its new leadership, politically and economically. We have made clear that we stand by the citizens of Ukraine who want to live in a sovereign, free, democratic and hopefully prosperous country.
As this is our immediate neighbourhood the European Union has a special responsibility. That's why we have mobilised fast and are deploying financial and technical assistance already to Ukraine.
And that's why we aim to sign the remaining parts of the association agreement as quickly as possible. Both sides are committed to this.
As a next concrete step, the G7 has agreed that the European Commission will host a high-level donor coordination meeting next month, here in Brussels.
Our group of like-minded members of the international community is also united in sending a resolute message to Russia that it should recognize and fully engage with the Ukrainian authorities, namely with the recently newly elected President of Ukraine, Mr Poroshenko. And that Russia should also take concrete and credible measures to de-escalate the situation in the Eastern part of Ukraine.
We stand ready to take further action if that's necessary."