(QHA) -

The heads of state and government of the EU member states have agreed to sign the political part of the Association Agreement with Ukraine before the presidential elections on May 25.

 European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said this after the EU emergency summit on the situation in Ukraine on Thursday,Ukrinform reports.

"We stand by Ukraine, and reiterated the European commitment to signing the Association Agreement. Today [on Thursday] we decided that as a matter of priority we will sign very shortly the political chapters. This means: before the Ukrainian elections of May 25," Rompuy said.

He also confirmed the EU's intention to provide financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of at least UAH 11 billion, as proposed by the European Commission on March 6.

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