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Ukraine hails association agreement with EU

English.news.cn   2014-03-21 23:47:05

KIEV, March 21 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Friday termed the political provisions of an association agreement signed between Kiev and the European Union on Friday as a " historic milestone" in the relations between the two sides.

"The government is considering the agreement as an important step towards Ukraine's strategic aim -- the EU membership," the ministry's press service said in a statement.

Earlier Friday, Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the EU leaders signed in Brussels the political chapter of the landmark cooperation deal, which is expected to enhance the ties between the two sides.

Kiev welcomes the agreement and appreciates the EU's solidarity with the Ukrainian people, the statement said.

Describing the deal as a tool to strengthen democracy and economic modernization in Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry expressed the hope on its quick implementation.

Kiev and Brussels are due to sign the economic part of the agreement after presidential elections in Ukraine scheduled on May 25.

The political association and economic integration agreement between Ukraine and the EU should have been signed at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania last November.

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych rejected the deal with the EU and chose a bailout loan package from Russia, which fueled massive anti-government protests that eventually led to the overthrow of his government.

Editor: yan
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