17:55 10.01.2015

Association Agreement with EU to be discussed at Riga summit - Ukrainian foreign minister

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Association Agreement with EU to be discussed at Riga summit - Ukrainian foreign minister

Kyiv has high hopes for the Riga summit of the Eastern Partnership initiative, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said.

"We have great expectations for the Riga summit of the Eastern Partnership," he said at a joint briefing with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics in Kyiv on Saturday.

He said that at this summit the Ukrainian side intends to get a vision of how the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement will be implemented.

In addition, Klimkin said, Ukraine has high expectations of the liberalization of the visa regime, as well as "the achievement of a new quality of cooperation between Ukraine and the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries that have an EU integration location and EU integration aspirations."

Rinkevics, in turn, said that the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga would determine concrete steps towards European integration of Ukraine and Georgia.

"I very much hope that at the Riga summit we will be able to formulate a concrete vision of what needs to be done and which path should be walked by Ukraine and Georgia. And the Ukrainian president has assured me that he will be a supporter of such a symmetric approach. I think that this is the right way," he said.

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