Ukraine will strongly insist on including a provision on a European perspective for Ukraine into the text of an Association Agreement with the European Union, Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told reporters on Tuesday in Brussels. He took part in the negotiations on the political part of the Association Agreement. The European side at the meeting was headed by Miroslav Lajcak, the Managing Director for Russia, Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans with the EU European External Action Service, according to UKRINFORM.

Commenting on the outcome of the negotiations, Klimkin noted that the Tuesday's round was very successful. The parties managed to agree on the overall concept and structure of the future agreement, in particular, how a preamble of the document, its substantial part, and the provision on a free trade area between Ukraine and the EU will look like.

Klimkin stressed that the Ukrainian side has consistently insisted on including into the political component of the agreement a definition of a clear European perspective for Ukraine. "Certainly, a European perspective is a purely political issue. These issues are discussed not only at the expert level, but are put forward to a high political level. We hope that we will succeed in this process," Klimkin emphasized. He expressed hope that due to reforms that Ukraine is carrying out the number of supporters of Ukraine's European integration would soon increase.

"We will certainly insist on fixing a provision on a European perspective of Ukraine in the agreement. Another thing is how it will be done. We can agree, for example, on the Balkan, rather the Croatian experience, when it was noted that the implementation of the agreement with the European Union could lead to a future membership. But we are not going to withdraw the very membership perspective from the agenda," the diplomat underscored.

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