Association agreement with the European Union (EU)

Ukraine hopes for the speedy signing of an association agreement with the European Union (EU) that will bring closer political and economic ties to the two countries, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Thursday.

"Now, we are a few steps away from signing the association agreement," Azarov said during a meeting with EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule.

Ukraine has fulfilled almost all requirements of the first phase of the Action Plan on visa liberalization, he said, adding that Kiev is implementing a series of reforms needed for its integration with the EU.

Fule urged quick action by Ukrainian authorities to fulfill the conditions required for the signing of the deal.

The document could be signed in November during the next EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, he said.

The EU and Ukraine last March initialed an association agreement that includes arrangements for a free-trade area and easing the visa regime for Ukrainian citizens.

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