Ukraine will sign the Association Agreement including a deep and comprehensive free trade area with the EU in 2012, President Viktor Yanukovych said at a meeting in the National Arts Palace Ukraine on the occasion of Unity and Liberty Day, FOrUm learned from the presidential press office. He added that negotiations to introduce visa-free travel to the EU for Ukrainian citizens would also continue.

"2012 is the year of Europe in Ukraine. We will be hosting the European Football Championship, and I am sure we will do it successfully, with all the traditional Ukrainian hospitality," said Viktor Yanukovych, adding that the construction of the appropriate infrastructure - stadiums, roads, hotels, airports, etc., is almost complete.

"Europe and the world will see and understand Ukraine in new ways," he said.

The President also said that Ukraine will continue its national policy of pragmatism with its strategic partners - Russia, the US and China.

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