The signing of the association agreement between Ukraine and the EU was sabotaged, and both sides should assume the responsibility for this.

MEP Marek Siwiec (Poland) announced this at a conference entitled "Next Steps in Ukraine's EU Integration" in Brussels on March 27, UKRINFORM reported.

"It happened that this project was sabotaged. The situation is currently not optimistic. A lot of people in the EU and in Kyiv are satisfied with this situation," the Polish politician said.

According to the MEP, “if the parties failed to cope with this task, then it's their mutual fault." "I think that the responsibility lies on both sides. We cannot that 100% of the responsibility lies with [Ukrainian President] Viktor Yanukovych. Because, frankly speaking, some people here in Brussels are not very eager to bring [Ukraine] closer [to the EU] and they do not promote this," Siwiec said.

He noted that the only way to unblock the political dialogue between the parties was to hold fair and democratic parliamentary elections in Ukraine in October 2012. "There will be no progress in Ukraine without honest, transparent and fair elections in Ukraine. Therefore, I do not expect any breakthroughs before October," Siwiec said.

At the same time, the politician praised the efforts of the current Ukrainian government, which managed to ensure the speedy completion of negotiations on the association agreement with the EU.

As earlier reported, on December 19, 2011, Ukraine and the EU completed negotiations on the association agreement, including the creation of a deep and comprehensive free trade area. The text of the document is to be initialed in Brussels on March 30, 2012. The procedure then foresees the signing of the agreement and its ratification by the national parliaments of EU member states, the European Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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