Following increasing tensions in Ukraine - Russia relations, the chairman of the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee, Elmar Brok MEP, has scheduled an extraordinary meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the morning of Wednesday, 28 August 2013 to discuss in the presence of high-ranking EU officials how the EU should respond to these developments.

"We need to assess the political implications of recent threats made by Russia that it might restrict trade with Ukraine in case the country signs an association and free-trade agreement with the European Union. This is a serious development which could cast a heavy shadow on the forthcoming Summit in Vilnius," the statement reads.

At the same time, the statement says that if Ukraine demonstrates progress in reformation of the election law and justice system, the Association agreement may be signed on November 28-29 at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnus.


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