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Poroshenko hails 'historic day' of EU-Ukraine association accord

Published on Jun 27, 2014 2:36 PM
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko delivering a speech to the Council of Europe parliamentary assembly in Strasbourg, eastern France, on Thursday. As he arrived for Friday's signing ceremony for an accord between the EU and Ukraine, he said the deal offered "an absolutely new perspective for my country.”  -- PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said the Friday signing of an association accord with the European Union marked a “historic day” that offered his ex-Soviet country a fresh start after years of political instability.

The accord, which will seal closer political and economic ties with the EU, offered “an absolutely new perspective for my country,” Mr Poroshenko said as he arrived for the signing ceremony in Brussels.

“It is a historic day, the most important day since independence” from Moscow in 1991, Mr Poroshenko said.

Ukraine will use “the opportunity to modernise,” he said, stressing the importance of peace and security for its future and that of the region.

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