President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko is confident that Ukraine will sign an Association Agreement with the European Union in 2009, when Sweden will preside over the EU.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, he claimed this at a joint press conference with President of the Lithuanian Republic Valdas Adamkus in Vilnius on Tuesday.

The President of Ukraine noted: “Today our work over the agreement is on a perfect stage”. Victor Yushchenko believes it will be one of the strongest agreements ever signed by the European Union.

In particular, he disclosed that the agreement will include creating a free trade zone between Ukraine and EU. A separate chapter in the agreement will be devoted to the collaboration of Ukraine and EU in the sphere of security policy.