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    Greece Last EU Member to Ratify Association Agreement With Ukraine

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    In June 2014, Ukraine and the European Union reached a landmark association deal that seeks to create a free trade zone between Ukraine and the 28-nation bloc.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Greek Parliament was the last of 28 nations from the European Union to ratify the Association Agreement with Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Wednesday.

    “And one more step forward: the Greek Parliament today ratified the legislative project on the agreement of Ukraine’s association with the EU,” Klimkin said on his Twitter account.

    On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the EU authorities had informed Kiev about the completion of all of the formal procedures for a free trade zone and that it would go into force January 1.

    Russia, as Ukraine’s biggest trading partner, has voiced concerns that Kiev’s preferential trade partner status with Russia would make its market vulnerable to cheaper EU goods once EU-Ukraine trade barriers are lifted.

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