KIEV, September 28 (RIA Novosti) - The association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union will fully enter into force this November, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday in an interview with the Ukrainian TV channel 1+1.
"After the ratification, the agreement enters into force . . . Everyone must understand that. No postponements, none of that is going to happen. In the course of negotiations we received a right to protect our market," Poroshenko stated.
According to the Ukrainian leader, the agreement will take effect in its entirety on November 1.
The Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement is a treaty that presupposes political and economic association between the parties.
The political provisions of the agreement were signed in March, after Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's president at that time, was ousted and an interim government came to power. Poroshenko signed the economic part of the agreement in June.
On September 12, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached a compromise on Kiev's free trade pact with the 28-member bloc, postponing its entry into force until the end of 2015. The deal was reached during a trilateral meeting in Brussels, which was held after Moscow expressed concerns that the implementation of the treaty carries economic risks for Russia and Ukraine.
Moscow warned Kiev that Ukraine's signing of a free trade agreement with the European Union could trigger an uncontrolled flow of duty-free goods from Europe, forcing Russia to protect its market.