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Foreign Ministry hopes to sign association agreement with EU in 2012

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Aug. 23, 2012, 7:42 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is planning to sign an association agreement with the EU by the end of this year, the director of the ministry's information policy department, Oleh Voloshyn, has said.
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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is planning to sign an association agreement with the EU by the end of this year, the director of the ministry's information policy department, Oleh Voloshyn, has said.

"We very much hope that after the parliamentary elections are held in accordance with the highest standards, we will be able to move to the signing of the association agreement with the EU by the end of the year," he said at a conference, entitled "The parliamentary elections in Ukraine and the prospects for European integration," in Kyiv on Thursday.

He added that the upcoming elections would influence the future fate of this document.

"The way the elections are held is the main criterion according to which the European Parliament and the EU will assess the presence or absence of democracy in Ukraine and the presence or absence of conditions for the signing of the association agreement," Voloshyn said.

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Harry Yellando Aug. 23, 2012, 8:08 p.m.    

Yanko and his Mafia do not want EU intergration...but the EU can not see the game he play.....

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 24, 2012, 2:44 a.m.    

Oleh Voloshyn is probably correct but not in the way he intended. If the Opposition are victorious in the elections for a new Verkhovna Rada and political prisoners are freed from detention, then this would be a major step forward in enhancing positive relations with the EU and other true democracies around the world.

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bernardh Aug. 24, 2012, 12:08 p.m.    

That's right Khvylia, only the opposition will be able to conclude the association agreement with EU. In fact, this should be one of the strongest arguments for voting out the current mafia/communist alliance. But considering the massive fraud, vote rigging, threats, harassments, bribes etc that the mafia/communist alliance will pursue in order to stay in power, the opposition will probably need 60-70% of the votes in order to reach a majority.
Will that be possible?

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