EU free trade with Ukraine to start in 2016

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shows a document about the ratification of a Ukraine-EU agreement after it was signed by him in the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, 16 September 2014.

Russian companies are also concerned they will not be able to export to Ukraine after Ukraine adopts higher EU standards


EU will announce at a summit with Eastern European countries in Riga this month that free trade with Ukraine will start in January next year, in spite of Moscow’s threats of retaliation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Moscow will curtail Ukraine's access to vital Russian markets if Kiev implements any part of a trade deal with the European Union.

EU will announce at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on 21 May, that the treaty with Ukraine will go on as foreseen.

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