Ukraine is stubbornly continuing to hold talks with the European Union on the creation of a free trade area, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said at a meeting with Chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Martin Schulz, the Ukrainian government's press service reported.

The premier said that Ukraine had raised the level of a working group that is conducting the negotiations and appointed First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade Andriy Kliuyev as its chairman.

Unfortunately, in his opinion, the talks have not yet led to a "breakthrough" and "we attribute this to the fact that the European Commission had not yet decided to change the parameters of the negotiations, and to some extent this prevents the movement towards the creation of a free trade area."

He said that Ukraine was not losing optimism and hoped to resolve all the problems that impede this process, UKRINFORM reported.

Schulz, in turn, said that the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats was convinced that Ukraine should get access to the European markets and that the EU should have legal clarity regarding the work of investors in Ukraine.

He added that the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament would favor the creation of a free trade area and the introduction of the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.
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