Poroshenko: Ukraine's heading on European and Euro-Atlantic integration remains invariable
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that Ukraine is not only on the home stretch of the visa-free regime, but also looks forward to completing the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, the presidential press service reported.
The president noted that it was a difficult discussion as regards the Ukraine-EU association. Skeptics told Ukraine would have to abandon the Association Agreement and put up with only its partial application in the form of deep and comprehensive free trade area, the press service wrote.
"However, I am grateful to our partners who found an opportunity to do everything for the Association Agreement to start working in full," the president told during the press conference on Sunday.
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"For the first time in our relations with the EU, we have come to a moment when we are not only making plans but also summing up the results of a long stage of our European integration," the president said.
"It is obvious for everyone that heading on European and Euro-Atlantic integration remains definitely invariable," Poroshenko emphasized.
The president noted that society was closely monitoring the future vector of movement to the EU and peculiarities of its implementation. He promised to substantiate detailed answers to these questions in his yearly Address to the Verkhovna Rada on the internal and external situation in early autumn. He added that the work over the given document had already started.
According to him, the Association Agreement with the EU has already started functioning and the share of the EU in the entire foreign trade of Ukraine equals almost 43%.
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The president noted that the government was currently implementing the Association Agreement and carrying out sectoral integration with the EU in various spheres. "Everything we do brings us closer to the Copenhagen criteria," he stressed.