15:16 05.12.2013

Kyiv, Brussels conduct technical discussion of future EU-Ukraine dialogue on AA

Kyiv and Brussels are conducting technical preparations for the upcoming dialogue between Ukraine and the EU on certain aspects of the implementation of an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, has said.

She said that consultations were being held at the technical level in Brussels on Thursday.

Noting that respective agreements were achieved during a phone conversation between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Kocijancic said: "To prepare for this visit, we will have a technical meeting today, as I said, to lay the grounds for the meeting that President Barroso and President Yanukovych talked about."

When asked about the possible participation of Ukrainian opposition representatives in the forthcoming dialogue, as previously stated by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Kocijancic noted that the level of the upcoming meeting had not yet been determined.

However, she noted that the position of the European Commission was for Brussels to call on the parties to engage in dialogue.

"We have urged them to start this dialogue," she said.

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