(QHA) -

The Ukrainian government approved a programme of cooperation between Ukraine and the Customs Union of the Common Economic Area (Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia) during the period ending in 2020, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade reported, according to AFP.

According to Prime Minister Mykola Azarov the programme offers a "detailed plan of developing trade and economic relations ... in the industrial, auto, aerospace, and ship-building, agriculture, transportation, and tourism sectors."

Kiev in November backed out of a long-discussed Association Agreement with the European Union, which would have sealed closer cooperation with Europe, and instead signed a slew of strategic partnership deals with Moscow.

The unexpected reversal caused unprecedented protests in Kyiv, as hundreds of thousands of people demanded that the country is put back on a European path.