The concept of Eastern Partnership provides some advantages for Ukraine that should be utilized while still remembering that the country's main goal is association and then membership of the European Union, Deputy Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Yeliseev wrote in an article published by Dzerkalo Tyzhnia weekly newspaper, according to KyivPost.

"We can see right from the title of the initiative that this is going to be the first format in our history, when the actual partnership is prioritized, and not just geographical proximity," Yeliseev said.

Another advantage of the initiative, according to Yeliseev, is Ukraine's role as a regional leader.

He said that the Eastern Partnership should not be considered as an alternative to mutual cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.

He added that, despite all of its advantages, the initiative is not Ukraine's final goal in European integration.


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