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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?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycfOCxR5mxM

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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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phardynetmail June 27 2014 at 5:38 AM

Ukraine will become more "investor friendly," but no less corrupt.

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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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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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sealtheborder11 June 27 2014 at 10:18 AM

Wait for the news later on today......When obammamamamma takes credit for this EU and Ukraine deal!

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glers sealtheborder11 June 27 2014 at 2:34 PM

he gets blamed for everything else so why not!

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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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rjddac June 27 2014 at 9:43 AM

I suppose the EU will supply them with gas this winter.

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williamlevi123 June 27 2014 at 11:54 AM

If their goods and practices meet EU standards. Keyword is "if". In the event standards are not met the EU goods can be sold without competition.

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