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European Union signs landmark association agreement with Ukraine

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (bottom L), Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (centre L), Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (centre R) and Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte (bottom R) meet at the start of the second day of a European leaders summit in Brussels March 21, 2104. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS: The European Union and Ukraine's interim government signed a political association agreement on Friday, committing to the same deal former president Viktor Yanukovich rejected last November, a move that lead to his overthrow.

The EU's 28 leaders and interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk signed the core chapters of the Association Agreement on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels, officials who witnessed the ceremony told Reuters.

The deal commits Ukraine and the EU to closer political and economic cooperation, although major parts of the agreement concerning free trade will only be signed after Ukraine has held new presidential elections in May.

 

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