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    The leader of Ukraine's Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko said Monday that she hopes to change EU decision to postpone a free trade zone with Ukraine until 2016, once her party returns to the country's parliament after the elections.

    STRASBOURG, September 29 (RIA Novosti), Daria Chernyshova - The leader of Ukraine's Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko said Monday that she hopes to change EU decision to postpone a free trade zone with Ukraine until 2016, once her party returns to the country's parliament after the elections.

    "Our political party is against this decision, we believe it was a strategic decision to postpone the implementation," Tymoshenko said on the sidelines of the PACE fall session in Strasbourg, commenting on the decision of the EU.

    "We will act after elections - strongly and forcefully - to eliminate this mistake," she added.

    On Monday, the Council of the European Union posted a press release saying that the European Union will postpone a free trade zone with Ukraine under the Association Agreement until January 2016.

    "This is weak position, we regret that some European member states supported this idea as a sign of their weakness vis-a-vis the Russian Federation," Tymoshenko said.

    Earlier in September, Ukraine and the EU parliaments ratified both political and economic parts of the Association Agreement but agreed to postpone the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement until December 31, 2015. The agreement to delay the treaty's implementation was reached at a trilateral Russia-Ukraine-European Union meeting in Brussels, held after Moscow expressed concerns that the implementation of the treaty carries economic risks for Russia and Ukraine.

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