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EU signs association accords with Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova; Russia warns of 'serious consequences'

Published on Jun 27, 2014 4:11 PM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union on Friday signed association accords with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova as the three former Soviet republics committed themselves to a future in Europe.

"This is a great day for Europe... the European Union stands by your side today more than ever before," European Council head Herman Van Rompuy said at the ceremony with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and prime ministers Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia and Iurie Leanca of Moldova.

Russia warned of “serious consequences” over the deals by Ukraine and Moldova, which were signed despite Kremlin objections.

“The consequences of the signing by Ukraine and Moldova will certainly be serious,” Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told the Interfax news agency.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko listening to Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during the cooperation agreement signing ceremony at the EU Council in Brussels on June 27, 2014. Ukraine signed a free-trade and political cooperation deal with the EU on Friday that has been at the heart of the country's political crisis, drawing an immediate threat of "grave consequences" from Russia. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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