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Ukraine to keep moving toward European integration

Ukraine to keep moving toward European integration

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has urged his government to strengthen ties with the European Union.
Yanukovych's statement signals his intention to integrate more closely into Europe even as he boosts ties with Russia.
Yanukovych urged officials Friday to prepare for a Ukraine-EU summit in October by finishing work on adapting legislation to meet European standards, lowering trade barriers and paving the way for a visa-free travel regime.
He says Ukraine's integration into EU structures "remains one of the key priorities of Ukraine's foreign policy."
But Yanukovych also has reversed his pro-Western predecessor's attempts to decrease Moscow's influence and signed a deal to extend the Russian navy's stay in Ukraine until 2042.


Updated : 2021-07-29 08:45 GMT+08:00