But there is still more to be done. In particular, I urge the Ukrainian authorities to meet the remaining clear and essential EU conditions for signing an Association Agreement. In addition to electoral and rule of law reforms, Ukraine needs to put to rest legitimate concerns about selective justice by releasing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Here I support fully the efforts of former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former EU Parliament President Pat Cox to find a mutually acceptable solution to this question.
As the clock ticks down to the Vilnius summit, decisions made in the coming days will have far-reaching consequences. That is why on Nov. 12, as ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I introduced a resolution co-sponsored by Chairman Ed Royce, D-Calif., and Reps. William Keating, D-Mass., and Ted Poe, R-Texas, that calls on the United States to speak out in support of the European aspirations of the peoples of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. At the same time, the resolution urges aspirant states to continue to adopt democratic norms and standards and, particularly in the case of Ukraine, to meet essential conditions for further integration with the EU.
By clearly expressing our support as well as our expectations, we will help to make the region more democratic, prosperous and secure, and move one step closer to realizing the vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.
Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., is ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.