"The EU confirms its readiness to sign and ratify the Association Agreement. At the same time, it stresses the need to solve the problem of particular high-profile criminal cases," he said.
Preparations for signing the Association Agreement go on, the minister said. The agreement stipulates the functioning of a free trade zone even before the ratification process is complete, he said.
"The option is provided by the agreement; the possibility and expediency of the temporary use of the free trade zone provisions will be considered after the signing or in the final stage of preparations," he said.