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EU: ‘We noted with extreme disappointment’ Kyiv’s attack on integrity of our ambassador

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March 1, 2012, 8:14 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post

Relations between Brussels and Kyiv have soured since last autumn's jailing of Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Editor’s Note: The following is a statement issued on Feb. 29 by Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief. It is a response to a recent rebuke by Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry of the Head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine. "We noted with extreme disappointment the comments from the Information Policy Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine regarding the European Union Head of Delegation in Ukraine, Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira. These remarks represent an unwarranted and unfounded attack on the personal integrity and professionalism of Ambassador Pinto Teixeira. We categorically reject them. Ambassador Pinto Teixeira continues to enjoy the full confidence of the European Union and has the support of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton, and of the European External Action Service."
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