Signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union will help strengthen security in Eastern Europe, said Foreign minister and chairperson-in-office of the OSCE Leonid Kozhara at an international conference dubbed "The role of international organizations in Ukraine’s national security."
"I’m confident that the signing by Ukraine and the EU of the Association Agreement, despite all the pessimistic forecasts, will be an important factor for security in the Eastern European region," he said. According to him, Ukraine would continue to deepen cooperation with the CIS, in particular, via its free trade area. He also said that this issue would be a priority during Ukraine’s presidency of the CIS in 2014. "With the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, Ukraine should create a better tool to support democratic reforms at home," Kozhara added.