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Ukraine hopes for association agreement with EU, cooperation with Customs Union

January 26, 2013, 2:58 UTC+3
“The Association Agreement is to be signed at the summit in November,” Kokara said
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DAVOS, January 26 (Itar-Tass) – Ukraine hopes for signing an Association Agreement with the European Union and for cooperation with the Customs Union, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kokara told the media on Friday.

“The Association Agreement is to be signed at the summit in November,” Kokara said. At the same time he remarked EU officials “said clearly that Ukraine’s membership of the Customs Union contradicts free trade with the EU.”

“We share this opinion. But institutionally Ukraine may join any organization as an observer, as a country that maintains statuses in trading and economic relations,” Kokara said. “Lastly, we can consider Ukraine’s partial participation in the institutional agreements of the Customs Union.”

Earlier, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said in Davos that Ukraine hoped for signing the Association Agreement with the EU at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November. As Yanukovich said earlier, “every condition is in place” for concluding such an agreement between Ukraine and the European Union by the end of 2013.

He said Ukraine would also be developing close partnership with the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia and other regional organizations.



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