Experts sure association deal to be signed in Vilnius, poll finds
Experts believe that Ukraine and the European Union will sign the Association Agreement at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November.
Irina Bekeshkina, director of the Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) said this at a press conference on Tuesday, disclosing the results of an expert survey conducted September 13-18 with 32 experts, Ukrinform reports. "The vast majority of experts are confident that Ukraine and the European Union will sign the Association Agreement at the Vilnius summit in November. Only two of the 32 experts surveyed believe that this will not happen," Bekeshkina noted. According to the experts, Ukraine's failure to fulfill EU requirements may impede the signing of the agreement, in particular, the failure to solve the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko, and the "opposition of the Russian leadership and unpredictable events, such as provocations." Bekeshkina added that the expert opinion on the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko's fate was divided mainly between two options: the former prime minister will be sent to Germany for treatment, but forbidden to carry out political activity (the opinion of 13 experts); Tymoshenko will remain in custody and will not be sent to Germany (10 experts). Most experts believe that a change in foreign official policy towards Moscow-led Customs Union ahead of the Vilnius summit will not happen.