US Senators praise Georgia’s signing of AA

US senators John McCain, Ron Johnson and Christopher Murphy. Photo by BGNES., 01 Jul 2014 - 16:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

Two United States (US) Senators are congratulating Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova on signing the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union (EU).

Senators Chris Murphy and Ron Johnson, who is chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, released a statement that highlighted the benefits the AA would offer Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova.

In their statement, the Senators said the AA would deepen trade, economic, and political ties with the EU, which would bring new opportunities and increased confidence for investors.

Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have made significant progress in bringing their countries more in line with European standards in areas including rule of law, media freedom, electoral reform, environmental protection, human rights, and combating corruption. The United States supports these agreements as part of an ongoing process that will ultimately result in more stable democracies.

The Senators promised to "stand by the Ukrainian, Moldovan and Georgian people” if threats and intimidation continued from Russia.

While there is no doubt that these countries will continue to experience threats and intimidation from Moscow, we will work on a bipartisan basis to ensure that Congress stands by the Ukrainian, Moldovan and Georgian people as they exercise their democratic right to self-determination and continue moving towards a closer association with Europe and the United States and a more secure and prosperous future.

Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed the AA with the EU on June 27 in Brussels.