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Both the European Union and Ukraine are keen to cut their dependency on gas giant Russia, but Ukraine has yet to make a clear choice between closer EU ties or tighter links with Moscow.

The EU has set a November target for signing an ambitious free trade and political association agreement that would anchor Ukraine in the Western camp, but says a deal is conditional on improved human rights and addressing “politically motivated convictions” – a reference to the jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Yanukovich’s arch rival.

After talks with Yanukovich in Brussels on Monday, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy told a news conference that EU authorities still needed to see tangible progress “at the latest by May”.

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