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European Union and Ukraine sign agreement

Published:Friday | March 21, 2014 | 1:05 PM

The European Union and Ukraine have signed an agreement forging closer economic ties, in a show of support following Russia's annexation of Crimea.



Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's abandonment of the EU deal in November triggered protests, his removal and Russia's move into Crimea.



EU leaders have also agreed to try to reduce energy dependence on Russia.



Reports indicate that the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine is designed to give the country's interim leadership economic and political support.



EU President Herman Van Rompuy said in a statement that the accord recognises the aspirations of the people of Ukraine to live in a country governed by values, by democracy and the rule of law.



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