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Poroshenko ready to sign EU-Ukraine free trade deal after inauguration

June 04, 2014, 20:23 UTC+3 WARSAW
“We defended the aspiration for Eurointegration on the Maidan (Independence Square in the center of Kiev) and that is why I’m ready to sign the economic part of the association agreement,” he says
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WARSAW, June 4. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday he was ready to sign the economic part of Ukraine’s free trade agreement with the European Union immediately after his inauguration scheduled for June 7.

Candy-making billionaire Poroshenko who had won Ukraine’s May 25 early presidential elections made this statement at a meeting with Austrian President Heinz Fischer in Warsaw, the president-elect’s press office reported.

“We defended the aspiration for Eurointegration on the Maidan (Independence Square in the center of Kiev) and that is why I’m ready to sign the economic part of the association agreement and launch the free trade zone with the EU immediately after inauguration,” Poroshenko said.

President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign an association agreement with the EU in late 2013 sparked protests in the Ukrainian capital, which led to a coup and forced Yanukovych to leave the country.

Poroshenko and the Austrian president also discussed a plan to stabilize the situation in east Ukraine and top priority measures to restore law and order, Poroshenko’s press office said.

“I ran for president with the slogans of peace and that is why I consider it necessary to establish peace in Ukraine,” the press office quoted Poroshenko as saying.

Ukraine’s parliament-appointed Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia earlier said that his ministry planned to hold consultations with the European Union on the possibility of signing the remaining part of the association agreement before June 27.

Ukraine initially planned to sign the deal on June 27, the foreign minister said. “But President-elect Petro Poroshenko said he wanted this document to be signed earlier than that,” Deshchytsia said.

On March 21, Ukraine and the European Union signed the political section of the agreement on Ukraine’s association with the EU.

The document was signed by Ukraine’s parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatshenyuk, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and leaders of 28 European Union member states.

Petro Poroshenko said he would also declare an amnesty and carry out decentralization of power in Ukraine after his inauguration on June 7.

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