EU summit expected to discuss Ukraine

20 December 2013 10:37
BRUSSELS (QHA) - European Union leaders are expected to discuss the aftermath of Ukraine’s rejection of a trade and association deal with the bloc when the EU summit continues in Brussels on December 20, Reuters reports. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in November declined to sign the agreements, triggering mass protests by Ukrainians against his government. Ukrainian officials said the EU had not offered enough aid to enable the country to sign, and the government this week received a $15 billion financial bailout from Russia, which had pressured Kyiv not to sign the EU deal. The EU has said its offer of a trade and association deal remains available to Ukraine, if the country is ready to sign and meets the agreed conditions. An association deal is seen as a key step on the path to possible EU membership.