KYIV (QHA) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov says his government's decision to postpone signing of an Association Agreement with the European Union was "tactical" and motivated solely by economic concerns, informs Radio Free Europe. Azarov told Parliament on November 22 that the strategic goal was still integration with the EU. Opposition lawmakers interrupted his speech with shouts of "shame" and tried to prevent him from speaking. The Ukrainian government announced it was suspending preparations for signing the Association Agreement on November 21, one week before an EU summit in Vilnius. EU officials had hoped to sign the accord with Kyiv at the EU's Eastern Partnership summit on November 28-29. The EU said it was disappointed with the Ukrainian government's decision, but remained committed to the people of Ukraine.

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