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EU, Ukraine sign political provisions of historic accord

Published on Mar 21, 2014 7:06 PM
 
Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk talks to reporters while leaving a European Union leaders summit in Brussels on March 21, 2014. Yatsenyuk put his country firmly in the Western camp on Friday, March 21, 2014, signing the political provisions of a landmark association accord with EU leaders in defiance of Russia. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Ukraine interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk put his country firmly in the Western camp on Friday, signing the political provisions of a landmark association accord with EU leaders in defiance of Russia.

"This gesture symbolises the importance both sides attach to this relationship ... and the joint will to take it further," EU president Hermann Van Rompuy said.

The EU was offering Ukraine its "steadfast support," Van Rompuy said, promising help to get the country's struggling economy back on track.

"We are sure that together we will succeed," Yatsenyuk said after the European Union's 28 heads of state and government signed their names to the deal.

 
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