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Ukraine reconsidering EU membership in response to massive protests

Ukraine's government is reconsidering EU membership and is sending a delegation to Brussels today for discussions.

By JC Finley
Ukraine reconsidering EU membership in response to massive protests
President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, pictured in September 2013, announced in late November 2013 that Ukraine would not join the European Union. Following massive protests in Kiev, the Ukrainian government began meetings on December 3, 2013 to revisit an association with the EU. (UPI/John Angelillo) | License Photo

Dec. 4 (UPI)-- After hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets in Kiev following the Ukrainian government's decision last month not to join the European Union, the Ukrainian government is now in talks with EU representatives to revisit the issue of membership.

Ukrainian officials have arranged meetings this week with EU representatives to discuss the road map to a future association with the EU. Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Arbuzov met with EU envoy to Ukraine Jan Tombinsky to establish next steps. A Ukrainian delegation will travel today to Brussels for additional meetings regarding EU membership. Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov added that another delegation would head to Moscow to discuss this development with Russia.

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Demonstrations in Kiev began after President Viktor Yanukovich announced on November 21 that Ukraine would not be joining the EU, a move that was seen as bowing to pressure from Russia and thwarting Ukraine's attempt to advance its economy.

Read more: https://www.upi.com/blog/2013/12/02/Amid-violent-crackown-Ukrainian-protestors-say-their-objective-is-revolution-not-rally/6151385984194/#ixzz2mVigO8aM

[RIA Novosti]

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