12:48 29.09.2015

Poroshenko hopes Greece, Cyprus will ratify Ukraine-EU Association Agreement soon

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Poroshenko hopes Greece, Cyprus will ratify Ukraine-EU Association Agreement soon

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he hopes for the prompt ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement by Greece and Cyprus.

"A year ago, on September 16, we simultaneously with the European Parliament adopted this document. And a year ago we heard that 3-4 years was needed for that, for 28 EU member states [to ratify the document], and I said that we'll cope with the task almost for a year. As for today, 26 member states have completed the ratification process," he said at a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian community in New York.

Poroshenko expressed his hope that the ratification process by Greece will now be completed soon after the recent parliamentary elections in the country.

"I'll meet with the president of Cyprus, with whom we have uneasy discussions," he added.

On September 24, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias discussed the ratification of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement by the Greek parliament.

"I congratulated my Greek colleague with his new post and agreed to work on the ratification of the Association Agreement with the Greek parliament," he wrote on Twitter.

As reported, Greece and Cyprus have so far not taken any steps to ratify the agreement, unlike the rest of the EU member states.

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