Ukraine has achieved a significant progress in the process of European integration, developing a partnership with the European Union, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said during a plenary session of the 16th Ukraine - EU summit, the press service of the head of state reports.

According to him, since the proclamation of the course towards European integration the aspirations of Ukraine to join Europe have only strengthened. He added that developing a partnership with the EU, Ukraine has made a significant progress in the process of European integration.

"This year we have to take a decisive step in this direction - to sign the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU," he said. The Ukrainian government intends to make every effort to achieve this strategic goal, he added.

According to Yanukovych, this agreement will become an effective tool for the implementation of comprehensive internal reforms.

The President noted that this agreement is also important in the context of overcoming economic challenges, and a comprehensive free trade area will contribute to this.

The head of state reminded that the issue on visa regime liberalization remains important for the citizens of Ukraine.

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