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President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barrosso added, however, that “the time and pace for the next steps in the formalization of the association agreement will be determined by political developments in Ukraine.”

Indeed, in recent weeks, the European Union member states and the European Parliament made it perfectly clear that the agreement will not be signed and ratified as long as there is no progress on the demanded democratic reforms, with the trial, conviction and sentencing of Yulia Tymoshenko as the main obstacle.

At the same time, EU Commissioner Stefan Fuele stated that the “initialing” of the agreement can take place within a month. To avoid confusion and political abuse of these concepts (initialing, signing and ratification), it is useful to explain the legal and political difference between them.

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