Foreign minister of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara believes that both Ukraine and Russia will benefit from the European integration, as it will become possible to establish a continental trade area with participation of the EU countries and Customs Union countries.

"We believe that establishment of continental trade area, which would include Ukraine, Russia, the EU, Customs Union countries and countries of the European free trade association, will become possible in the future," Kozhara said in his speech in the Donskoy state technical university (Russia), following the speech of Russian FM Sergey Lavrov.

According to him, "to improve social and spiritual life we need to introduce European standards."

"There in Kyiv we believe that both Ukraine and Russia are an integral part of the European civilization. Thus, Ukraine's rapprochement with the EU and preservation of strategic partnership with Russia meet these global tasks," he said.

As reported, signing of the Association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union is expected at Vilnius summit "Eastern partnership".


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