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You're reading: Was summit successful?: Sanctions should start as EU talks continue

The European Union-Ukraine summit on Dec. 19 in Kyiv was rightly low key. Expectations had been steadily downgraded.

Signing the agreements was out of reach by the time of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s guilty verdict on Oct. 11. Initialing the agreements briefly seemed possible, but that hope was destroyed by Kyiv’s failure to deliver on hints of compromise.

All that was left was the announcement that negotiations on the association agreement have been finalized, and that “the way is now open for technical completion of the final consolidated version of the agreement, including its deep and comprehensive free-trade area, with a view to its initialing as soon as possible.”

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