Ukraine, EU Sign Political Part of Association Agreement

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Bulgaria: Ukraine, EU Sign Political Part of Association Agreement Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (L) with his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk (R), Photo by EPA/BGNES

Ukraine and the EU signed on Friday the political chapter of the Association Agreement.

The event took place at a ceremony attended by European Council and European Commission Presidents, as well as by heads of state and government of all EU members, Ukrainian newspaper KyivPost has reported.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy was quoted by the BBC as saying that the accord "recognizes the aspirations of the people of Ukraine to live in a country governed by values, by democracy and the rule of law."

The aim of the agreement is to encourage the gradual rapprochement between EU and Ukraine in terms of their common values and, later on, to open the door for a Ukrainian participation into EU's common policies.

A political dialogue between the two parties is also envisaged, as well as economic measures aimed at integrating Ukraine into the EU's single market.

On Tuesday, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule even declared that the union is "obliged" to accept Ukraine as a member in the long term.

While more chapters of the agreement are yet to be signed, Friday's meeting was to establish the new political basis of bilateral relations and trigger the creation of new institutions in charge of them.

It was precisely the refusal to sign of an EU Association Agreement that triggered protests and violence across Ukraine's ousted president Viktor Yanukovych in mid-November 2013 and led to him fleeing the country after Parliament declared him "illegitimate" on February 22 this year.

Ukraine's signing of the Association Agreement was just hours after Russia's Upper House of Parliament approved the treaty which incorporates Crimea into the Russian Federation.

Later on Friday, a ceremony will be held in Moscow to officially mark the annexation of Ukraine's peninsular region.

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Huib van den Doel - 22 Mar 2014 // 09:47:08

Somehow I remember that there was a parliament in Kiev, also elected somehow. Probably under the same rules as the Great Thief, who made off to Puta(i)nia by his own free will...... If you don't show up for work, usually you get the boot...

JUSTME - 22 Mar 2014 // 09:30:11

Fantastic, a legally elected government, which was due for election in only one year, is replaced by street thugs, and the new unelected government, which enjoys no support from a significant part of Ukraine, signs an agreement that has an immense effect on the country. The EU is no example of democracy. Their own leaders, like those in Ukraine, are also unelected, and enjoy power with no accountability. It is clear now that the EU orchestrated all these problems, and is now going to submit Ukraine under their power. Just like Bulgaria, the electorate is not asked to join or no join, and like Bulgaria, the EU will do a great job to take all the smart people out of the country, and leave no one at home to develop any serious economy.

warfou - 22 Mar 2014 // 02:14:14

Poland SUPPORTS the EU sanctions, the other listed countries do it as well.

Warfou - 22 Mar 2014 // 02:08:16

Great News! Long live the free Ukraine!

sa-sha - 21 Mar 2014 // 13:24:01

"Ukraine and the EU signed on Friday the political chapter of the Association Agreement"---error in re, dear Novinite. The unlawful "prime minister" of Ukraine, "Rabbit" Yatsenuk, is not Ukraine. But "political expediency" goes first, right?

ardland - 21 Mar 2014 // 12:49:47

"EU cannot agree on trade, economic sanctions against Russia — Barroso" (21 March 2014, 12:01)

The article explains in detail why the countries below will not vote EU economic sanctions against Russia:
Czech Republic

Plus Bulgaria: "Bulgaria Opposes Immediate EU Sanctions on Russia"

Bravo Bulgaria!

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