The European Parliament may recommend the EU Council to sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine if Kyiv meets all the necessary conditions, according to the European Parliament's draft resolution titled "The European Neighbourhood Policy: Towards Strengthening the Partnership".
EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule said at the European Parliament's session on Tuesday that after the signing of the Association Agreements with Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership countries, the major challenges would be their implementation and the establishment of relations based on European values. Members of the European Parliament said at the session that the European Union's duty is to shield its eastern neighbours from Russian pressure ad blackmail ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. They suggested Moscow should view the integration of its trading partners with the wider European economy as a deal in which all parties would benefit. Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told reporters after he met with President Viktor Yanukovych in Kyiv on Tuesday that "time is short for Ukraine" to resolve all of the remaining problems on the way to signing the Association Agreement with the EU. "The deadline is November 18th, the date of the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council. We don't have time for bluffing. It's time to work actively," Sikorski said.