KYIV (QHA) -

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted a bill on the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement to parliament, Verkhovna Rada announced on its website on September 15. 

Poroshenko signed the key trade and economic relations portion of the Association Agreement in Brussels on June 27. It provides for the creation of a Deep and Comprehensive Free-Trade Area (DCFTA) and closer economic integration. 

However, Ukraine and the EU have agreed to put off implementation of the free-trade zone until December 31, 2015. 
 
The Rada and the European Parliament are expected to simultaneously ratify the Association Agreement on September 16. 

Russia announced it wanted to propose amendments to the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.

There are three points in the association agreement that Russia wants to see amended.

First, Russia wants Ukraine's duties on European goods be lowered more gradually than prescribed under the current deal, the official said.

Second, Russia is concerned that the EU's tougher technical regulations could block Russian goods' access to Ukraine altogether, cutting off a market for Russian producers. And finally, Russia wants assurances that Russian and European phytosanitary requirements would either be unified or mutually recognized within Ukraine.

QHA