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Ukraine, EU sign historic trade and economic pact

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed up to a trade and economic pact with the European Union, saying it may be the "most important day" for his country since it became independent from the Soviet Union.

The European Union signed similar association agreements with two other former Soviet republics, Moldova and Georgia.

Businesses in the three countries whose goods and practices meet EU standards will be able to trade freely in any EU country without tariffs or restrictions. Likewise, EU goods and services will be able to sell more easily and cheaply to businesses and customers in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

"It's absolutely a new perspective for my country," Poroshenko said.

It was the decision of his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych, to back out of the EU association agreement in November that touched off massive protests in Ukraine, and that eventually led to Yanukovych's flight to Russia and Russia's occupation and annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

Before the signing, Poroshenko brandished a pen, saying it was the same pen Yanukovych was supposed to use the sign the Association Agreement at the EU summit in Vilnius last fall.

"Historic events are unavoidable," he said.

Ukraine's EU Pact Brings Russian Warning, 'Nazi' Accusations

Perhaps more important than the trade deal is an accompanying 10-year plan for Ukraine to adopt EU product regulations. Such rules are important because they ease the way for international trade beyond Europe.

The deal also demands that Ukraine change the way it does business. Adopting EU rules on government contracts, competition policy and the copyright for ideas and inventions should improve the economy by making it more investor-friendly and reducing corruption.


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sparrca June 27 2014 at 5:54 AM

Hopefully, this will pave the path
for a better economy for the country.
Does take it one step further out of
Russia's grasp.

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vladswim sparrca June 27 2014 at 9:52 AM

But what about all the people who were killed by Kiev's military? Did we all forget what happened a few months in Odessa?

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vladswim June 27 2014 at 5:45 AM

Well it seems that Western Ukrainians have finally signed the deal with the devil. Does not surprise me though, those people will put their won mothers on the street corner just for a little bit of cash.

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roeskid6 June 27 2014 at 7:44 AM

I bet Vladamir Putin is not in a good mood today!

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vladswim roeskid6 June 27 2014 at 8:50 AM

Putin will have the last laugh

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gibby1208 vladswim June 27 2014 at 10:12 AM

It will echo in his coffin.

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Jerry vladswim June 27 2014 at 11:58 AM

Agreed. Not good to poke bear.

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grfk1136 June 27 2014 at 7:16 AM

Is this diplomacy: kicking Russia and siding with Ukraine? How about the Russian population of Eastern Ukraine? Freedom only for people you like? That's real democracy! Congratulations!

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volcraze June 27 2014 at 7:54 AM

I welcome Ukraine.

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vladswim volcraze June 27 2014 at 8:52 AM

Nazi great fellow Nazis with love :)

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gibby1208 vladswim June 27 2014 at 10:13 AM

Who knows more about acting like a Nazi, than Putin?

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rcsyes June 27 2014 at 7:01 AM

Russia will not like it one bit. I wish Putin was the President of the USA

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jondorn1 June 27 2014 at 10:10 AM

"The deal demands that Ukraine change the way it does business." That doesn't sit well with me at all. How do we know that Yanukovych's decision to back out of the deal didn't reflect the will of the Ukrainian people?

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Jeffrey S. Grant June 27 2014 at 12:46 PM

Germany must be sick about this. Another bankrupt country it will have to bail out in a few years.

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smfstiffy June 27 2014 at 1:06 PM

So The operatives took down a country from the inside out , Placed their choice for "PREZ" and managed to get him elected by terrorizing the "NO EU " voters. Now the "EU" banking Cabal has some fresh meat to spoil with its trade agreements and loans. Lets get into the pool that bets
on which day the"banking haircut" ALA cypress occurs shall we?

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buckeye3118 June 27 2014 at 1:17 PM

Why is it that former communists realize that free market capitalism works, while PopStar MESSiah keeps pushing us toward big government socialism?

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