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Ukrainian Government Suspends Work On EU Agreement

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

The Ukrainian government has suspended work on preparations to sign a key association and free-trade agreement with the European Union at a summit later this month.

A government decree on November 21 said the process was halted in order to fully analyze the impact of the planned agreement on industrial production and trade with Russia.

Russia had been angered by the proposed deal, and has warned Kyiv of trade repercussions.

Also on November 21, the government proposed setting up a three-party trade commission between Ukraine, the European Union, and Russia.

Just hours earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin had suggested setting up a tripartite commission with Ukraine and the EU, but said such a commission could be set up only before any agreement is signed.

The decree has been signed by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.

It came just hours after the Ukrainian parliament failed to pass legislation that would have allowed jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to go abroad for medical treatment.

Tymoshenko's release was a key EU demand for signing the agreement.

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