Georgia, Tbilisi, September 27/Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
On the initiative of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, a ministerial level meeting on topical issues of the "Eastern Partnership" with participation of representatives of all the six Eastern Partnership countries was held in New York parallel to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.
The Georgian delegation was headed by the Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze.
On the EU side, the meeting was attended by the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule, Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service, Helga Schmid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, chairwoman of the Council of the EU countries Lynas Linkevičius.
The goals and expectations determined by the partner countries in the context of the Vilnius summit were discussed during the meeting. The representatives of the EU stressed that the EU supports the signing of an association agreement with Ukraine, and its initialing with regard to Georgia and Moldova. The conversation also touched upon the Russian pressure on the Eastern Partnership countries and it was stressed that free trade with the EU and accession to the Eurasian Union are incompatible, Georgian Foreign Ministry told Trend.
At the same time, Stefan Fule stressed the need for maximum efforts by the European Commission aimed at signing of an association agreement with Georgia and Moldavia till the expiration of the current mandate.
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