BRUSSELS, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk over phone on Friday that the European Union (EU)'s internal work is underway on options to assist Ukraine's economic modernization.
During the phone talk, Barroso wished Yatsenyuk "resolve and determination" in tackling the important challenges that Ukraine currently faces, in particular the political and social stabilization and the inclusiveness of future reforms, according to a Commission statement.
Barroso also expressed the EU's readiness to support "democratic reforms" in Ukraine.
In this respect, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will travel to Ukraine next week for political contacts and in parallel, a mission from the European Commission will also travel to Kiev to conduct an assessment of the needs, the Commission said.
During their talk over phone, both Barroso and Yatsenyuk concurred on the need to address the current tensions in southern Ukraine's Crimea through political dialogue in the framework of the country's unity and territorial integrity.
The Crimean Peninsula is a Russian-speaking Ukrainian region, where many ethnic Russians and Crimean Tatars live.