The European Union`s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) was introduced in 1992 by the Maastricht Treaty. Its objectives include the maintenance of peace and the strengthening of international security, in accordance with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations; the promotion of international cooperation; Development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law, as well as respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The sixth EU-Ukraine Association Council took place on 28 January 2020. The meeting discussed the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement as well as relevant developments relating to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Today`s physical meeting is a strong symbol – it shows our unwavering commitment to deepening our relations with Ukraine. In trilateral discussions in early September 2014, the European Commission, the Ukrainian and Russian governments agreed to postpone the provisional implementation of the agreement until the end of 2015. “We have agreed to postpone the request until 31 December,” EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said on 12 September 2014 in Brussels, at the end of talks with Alexey Ulyukaev, Russia`s economy minister, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. According to Interfax, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was in favor of the decision. Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine would also benefit from this postponement: “This is a very important decision and we are very grateful to the EU for offering privileged access to the European market. This will allow our businesses to prepare for further trade liberalization.  EU countries have not yet been allowed.
Unilateral trade facilitation – the abolition of import duties into the EU – remains in force, subject to the approval of the EU Council of Ministers. Customs duties on EU products exported to Ukraine are maintained. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych reaffirmed his commitment to the agreement in his annual speech on Ukraine`s Independence Day on August 24, urging Ukraine to become a modern European state. In the same speech, he also called for building relationships.” Russia, countries of the Eurasian community, other world leaders and new centers of economic development.  Pro-European Ukrainian opposition politicians commented that the Russian action was in line with a leaked document that outlined a Russian government strategy to extend the customs union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia to Ukraine and prevent its continued association with Euro-Atlantic structures. . . .
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