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EU,Ukraine fail to sign association deal at their summit


10:07, December 20, 2011

KIEV, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) and Ukraine didn't sign a joint association agreement Monday at their 15th annual summit because negotiations on the issue actually have closed, a EU leader said.

"Today we can state that negotiations on association have been completed. We hope to carry out steps toward signing the association agreement as quickly as possible, but this will depend on political circumstances in Ukraine," European Council President Herman Van Rompuy told the summit.

The EU is concerned about the politicization of Ukraine's court systems, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly in the East European state, he said.

The 15th annual EU-Ukraine summit opened Monday, focusing on four main issues - the political situation, economic relations, mobility issues and regional and international relations.

The delegates to the summit did not as planned initial the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which includes arrangements for a free trade area and a roadmap for abolishing the visa regime for Ukrainian citizens due to unresolved political issues.

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, launched in March 2007, aimed at creating a framework for cooperation between the two sides.

Kiev made a major step closer to signing AA and FTA agreements with the EU in September, declaring intentions to sign the documents before the end of 2011.

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