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EU, Ukraine to Sign Association Agreement by June 27

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The European Union and Ukraine will sign the economic section of the association agreement by the EU summit on June 27, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Wednesday.

BRUSSELS, June 4 (RIA Novosti) — The European Union and Ukraine will sign the economic section of the association agreement by the EU summit on June 27, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Wednesday.

"We will sign the association agreement with Georgia and Moldova at June 27 just ahead of the European Council in presence of 28 head of states and governments. For Ukraine we’ve already signed the political chapters of the Association agreement on March 21. And the remaining parts, we will sign them at the latest also at the June 27 of this year," he said.

Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko said earlier Wednesday he was ready to sign the economic part of the agreement on the association with the European Union and enter a free-trade zone with the EU after his inauguration on June 7.

"I am ready to sign the economic part of the agreement on the association and introduce a free-trade zone with the EU immediately after the inauguration," Poroshenko said during his meeting with Austrian President Heinz Fischer in Warsaw.

The EU expressed support to Ukraine's new elected leader, who won the early presidential vote held on May 25 and will succeed Viktor Yanukovych, ousted in February after a series of protest.

The vote came amid a large-scale military operation launched by the new Kiev authorities to crack down on protesters who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the current government. Russia earlier accused Western countries of supporting the unconstitutional coup in Ukraine at a time when Moscow was calling for searching a way out of the crisis in the country through dialogue.

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