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Signing of the Association Agreement and establishment of a free trade area (FTA) between Ukraine and the European Union will increase the trade turnover between Ukraine and the United States, deputy head of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the U.S. State Department Thomas Melia stated.
According to him, other countries that are not EU members must respect Ukraine's aspirations for European integration, as the United States respects the choice of Kyiv.
"We are not competing with Russia for Ukraine. We believe that Ukraine itself must determine how to develop relationships and partnerships with its neighbors. And we are interested in positive relations with all neighbors, including relations with the Russian Federation," the representative of the State Department stressed.
He also noted that the United States will arrange a compromise solution of "Tymoshenko’s issue", jointly made by Ukraine and the EU.
"The U.S. position is that we support the achievement of Ukraine's agreement with the EU on the Association Agreement, as we believe it will be good for Ukraine, for Europe and for the whole region. And we hope that Ukraine and the EU will find a way to solve Tymoshenko’s problem before the "Eastern Partnership" summit in Vilnius," he said.