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Lithuania's President: Kiev still has chance to sign Association Agreement with EU

November 21, 2013, 19:09 UTC+3 VILNIUS
Dalia Grybauskaite :the issue concerning the signing of the Association Agreement will be in the hands of the Ukrainian leaders until the very last minute
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VILNIUS, November 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Kiev still has a chance to take resolute steps to have the Association Agreement with the European Union signed at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius on November 28, President of Lithuania, which is chairing the Council of the European Union, Dalia Grybauskaite said on Thursday.

“The issue concerning the signing of the Association Agreement will be in the hands of the Ukrainian leaders till the very last minute,” she said.

Commenting on the position of the Ukrainian parliament that had not supported any of the bill of medical treatment of convicts abroad, on which the European Parliament insisted as a condition for having the Association Agreement signed, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Lincevicius warned against jumping at conclusions. “It is too early to make either negative or positive conclusions regarding the signing of that agreement,” he said. In his words, it was better to wait and see how the situation would develop further. “The European Union will take a decision on this Association Agreement after a comprehensive analysis of the final information,” he noted, adding that he hoped that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich still had a chance to influence the situation. “Much will depend on his leadership qualities and his political will,” Lincevicius said.

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