Ukraine suspends preparations for signing EU deal

22 November 2013 10:03
KYIV (QHA) - The government of President Viktor Yanukovych issued a decree "The question of signing the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, on the other part," according to which the process of preparations for the signature of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU has been halted, Interfax-Ukraine reports. About 1,000 people gathered in downtown Kyiv in the early morning hours on November 22 to protest the government's decision to postpone signing of an Association Agreement with the European Union, according to RFE/RL. Still European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule has said that the EU's commitments to Ukrainian citizens have not changed after the Ukrainian government's decision to suspend preparations for the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU. "The EU commissioner said that our [EU's] commitments to Ukrainian citizens remain unchanged, and stressed the need to strengthen cooperation between the opposition parties," the commissioner's office said. The commissioner also invited three Ukrainian opposition leaders Vitali Klitschko, Arseniy Yatseniuk and Oleh Tiahnybok to the Vilnius summit to hold a joint meeting to determine "further steps on EU integration for the sake of all Ukrainian citizens." As reported, Ukraine and the EU wanted to sign the Association Agreement at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius on November 29.