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Klitschko says Association Agreement with EU will make Ukraine to fulfill commitments

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Dec. 26, 2012, 12:46 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The leader of the UDAR (Punch) party and World Heavyweight Boxing champion Vitaliy Klitschko looks at supporters during an opposition rally in front of the central election commission in Kyiv on November 6, 2012.
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The signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union will make Ukraine to fulfill its commitments to the EU, Head of the UDAR Party Vitali Klitschko has said.

"Many people say that in the current situation we cannot sign the Association Agreement. There are political prisoners in the country, and the elections were unfair. However, the signing of the Association Agreement will make Ukraine to carry out its obligations. And we as the opposition will do our best to ensure that the Ukrainian authorities stick to the agreement. Meanwhile, our European colleagues will supervise the process from outside," Klitschko said, according to UDAR's press service.

The MP recalled that jailed Leader of the Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko also called for the signing of the Association Agreement.

Klitschko added that only those who are pushing Ukraine to the opposite side from the EU may benefit from resistance between Ukraine and the EU.

"It's a dangerous way. We have to move towards Europe, as they respect the values Ukraine needs," he said.

As reported, on December 26 at a meeting of the government, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement would be signed in 2013.

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