#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – June 09 – Ukraine’s new President, Petro Poroshenko, at his “modest” inauguration said he wants to sign an EU trade treaty as soon as possible.
“My pen is in my hands and as soon as the EU approves the respective decision, the signature of the President of Ukraine will appear in this fateful document,” he said in a speech at the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Saturday (7 June).
“We consider it as the first step toward full membership in the EU. Nobody has the right to veto the European choice of Ukraine,” he added.
“We, the people who were isolated from their great European homeland, are coming home.”
The EU pact means Ukraine can have free trade with Russia, but is legally bound to stay out of Moscow’s Eurasian Union.
It is known in EU circles as “accession-lite” because it also obliges Ukraine to align itself with the minutsiae of single market rules.
EU ambassadors are to meet in Brussels on Wednesday to adopt a decision to sign.
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