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Ukraine to sign free trade agreement with EU

Staff writer ▼ | September 9, 2015
Ukraine intends to sign a free trade pact with the EU without further postponement, despite warnings from Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in Brussels.
Pavlo Klimkin
Politics and economy   Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin:
Ukraine’s foreign minister met with the EU Commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmstroem and Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev to discuss the “deep and comprehensive free trade agreement”, a part of an association agreement Ukraine signed with the EU last year.

Klimkin claimed Russia is trying to use the talks to obstruct the pact, but EU Observer quotes him saying January 1 is the final deadline for its enforcement.

“It’s an ultimate decision taken jointly by Ukraine and by the European Commission,” he said, “There’s no chance to influence this by the Russian side or any other side … there’s no chance of changing the agreement”.