An Association Agreement could be signed at the upcoming Ukraine-EU summit to be held in late winter or early spring.
European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule told this to reporters in Brussels.
“You do not have to be a scientist to see that the next opportunity for signature is a Ukraine-EU summit, the date for which has not yet been determined. We think this could be late winter or early spring,” the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (Mirror Weekly) online newspaper quoted him as saying.
The commissioner noted that “the Ukrainians asked for a pause, and we respect this decision.”
“We think that it will have implications as it will postpone the modernization envisaged by the Association Agreement. We do not want this pause to be indefinite and last forever. We want to give the time required for Ukraine to resolve these problems, and all these questions are in the hands of member states,” he said.
“It is important that the door remains open, we will not abandon the Ukrainian people, and we will not abandon the European aspirations of the Ukrainian people,” Fule said.
As reported, on November 21, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine passed a decree suspending the process of preparations for the signature of an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU.