Ukraine optimistic about signing association deal with EU in November

09:48, 15 March 2013
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Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Thursday it hopes the European Union (EU) would sign an association...

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Thursday it hopes the European Union (EU) would sign an association agreement with Kiev during the Eastern Partnership summit in November, according to Xinhua.

"The constant attention of the European Parliament members to Ukraine is a logical expression of the support for Ukraine's European aspirations," the ministry's press service said in a statement.

The Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, is important, both for Ukraine and for the EU, the statement said.

Brussels and Kiev last March initialed a deal that includes arrangements for a free-trade area and easing the EU visa regime for Ukrainian citizens.

The 27-member bloc postponed the signing of the document in May, faulting court system shortcomings and a lack of reform in Ukraine.

The next Eastern Partnership Summit between the EU and ex-Soviet countries on its eastern frontier will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania late November this year.

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