published: 04.12.2013, 13:56 | updated: 04.12.2013 13:57:43
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman hopes that Ukraine will finally sign the association agreement with the EU, maybe at the Eastern Partnership´s Prague summit in May, his spokesman Jiri Ovcacek told CTK today, adding that Zeman is watching the Ukrainian developments attentively.
Ukraine recently switched from its pro-EU path back towards a tougher cooperation with Russia, which triggered off mass pro-European demonstrations in Kiev.
"The president is watching the situation in Ukraine attentively and he hopes that Ukraine will sign the association agreement with the EU at last. An opportunity for this may be the Eastern Partnership meeting in Prague in May," Ovcacek said.
Zeman visited Ukraine in October. During the trip and shortly afterwards he repeatedly voiced support to the pro-European efforts of Kiev and said he hoped in a quick signing of the Ukraine-EU association agreement.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, however, refused to sign the agreement at the Eastern Partnership´s summit in Vilnius last week.
An Ukrainian delegation is heading for Brussels today to continue negotiating the agreement under conditions more advantageous for Kiev.
Another team of negotiators is parallelly heading for Moscow to discuss Ukraine´s strategic partnership with Russia.
The EU, nevertheless, has announced that it does not intend to reopen the association agreement talks.
In Kiev and other Ukrainian towns, the opposition´s protests demand the resignation of the government and of President Yanukovych, followed by early general and presidential elections.
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