Posted by: Chuck | September 20, 2013

Ukraine government presses Europe ambitions, ignores Russia


KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine formally gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for landmark trade deals to be signed with the European Union, disregarding pressure from Moscow for Kiev to halt its westward course. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said that the agreements that should be signed at a November summit in Lithuania raised the prospect of “a European quality of life” for the ex-Soviet republic. But he kept silent over the imprisonment of his predecessor, Yulia Tymoshenko, whose release European envoys have been trying to secure in the run-up to the Vilnius meeting. The 28-member EU, while pursuing the agreements with Ukraine including participation in a free trade zone, has condemned her trial for abuse-of-office and seven-year jail sentence as politically motivated, and her continued confinement still threatens prospects of a signing in Vilnius. (Source: Reuters News 9/2/13)

http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-government-presses-europe-ambitions-ignores-russia-124927401.html

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