Association Agreement Ukraine Text

At the EU-Ukraine summit in Paris in September 2008, the parties agreed that the new expanded agreement would be known as the Association Agreement. The following days were held in Kiev the largest demonstrations of the opposition parties in Kiev, the largest demonstrations since the Orange Revolution. [69] [70] On 26 November 2013, the Ukrainian government acknowledged that Russia had asked it to delay the signing of the EU Association Agreement and that it wanted “better conditions for the EU agreement”. [71] “Once we reach a level that will be pleasing to us, if it corresponds to our interests, if we agree on normal conditions, we will talk about signing,” President Yanukovych said in a televised interview. [71] On the same day, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an end to criticism of Ukraine`s decision to delay the Association Agreement and for the EU agreement to be bad for Russia`s security interests. [71] Putin was reacting to statements by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, who said they were “strongly disapproved” of Russia`s action. [71] On 26 November 2013, at a government meeting, Prime Minister Azarov said: “I confirm with all authority that the process of negotiating the Association Agreement is continuing and that the work of bringing our country closer to European standards does not stop for a single day.” [72] President Yanukovych was still present at the EU summit in Vilnius from 28 to 29 November, but the Association Agreement was not signed. [72] [73] [74] During this summit, the European Union and Ukraine signed an agreement on air services. [75] At the summit, President Yanukovych also stated that Ukraine still wanted to sign the Association Agreement, but that it needed significant financial assistance to compensate for Russia`s threat of reaction and proposed to open tripartite talks between Russia, Ukraine and the EU. He also asked Brussels to help Ukraine relax the terms of a possible IMF loan. [76] The EU opposed the trilateral talks and asked Yanukovych to commit to signing the Association Agreement, which he refused.

[76] After a summit, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said that the EU would “not tolerate the veto of a third country” in its negotiations on closer integration with Ukraine. [77] He also said: “We are on a long journey and we are helping Ukraine, like others, what we now call the `new Member States`.

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