Ukraine has made an unprecedented compromise in the course of concluding the agreement on association and free trade zone with the European Union, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Friday, during his meeting with a delegation of the European Parliament's political group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

"We have made many compromises in concluding the agreement on a free trade zone. We have opened our market to the European Union countries, and the EU has set for us a ten-year transition period, during which quotas on a number of important to us positions will be canceled. Ukraine does not have agreements of this type even with Russia," Mykola Azarov said, UKRINFORM reports.

He added that the government made a significant effort to conclude the association agreement.

"In one year we were able to do more than in the previous five years. This has been achieved first of all because we made a certain compromise and undertook very serious commitments," the head of government stressed.

Chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Guy Verhofstadt, in turn, said that signing the association agreement is in the interests of both Ukraine and the EU.

As reported, the completion of negotiations on the association agreement was announced at the Ukraine-EU summit on December 19, 2011.

Initialing of the agreement at the level of the negotiating delegation heads took place on March 30, 2012. For its signature, it is necessary to implement the EU requirements regarding translation of the text to all languages of the European Union.

The association agreement shall also be ratified by Ukraine, the European Parliament and all the EU member states.

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