KIEV, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine needs to meet the full criteria required for signing an association agreement with the European Union (EU), Lithuanian president, whose country holds the current EU presidency, said on Friday.
"All the issues that we talked about, which have always been considered and proposed by the European Union, remain on the agenda. We have no reason to change these criteria," Dalia Grybauskaite told the 10th International Yalta Meeting in Ukraine's southern Crimean peninsula.
To seal the partnership agreement with the 28-member block, Ukraine needs to bring its law in line with the EU standards in the next two months.
The reform of the judiciary and law-enforcement bodies, fight against corruption and release of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are the main EU requirements for rapprochement with Kiev.
Speaking at the International Yalta Meeting, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said should Ukraine sign an association agreement with the EU, its gross domestic product (GDP) will grow around 12 percent annually.
Bildt also warned the ex-Soviet republic will face a 40-percent drop in GDP if it instead joins the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Kiev, which approved a draft association agreement with the EU on Wednesday, hopes to sign the deal at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in November.
The 10th International Yalta Meeting kicked off Friday, which attracted about 250 leading politicians, businessmen and public figures from more than 20 countries.