The work on a "roadmap" for the implementation of the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, which could speed up the signing of this agreement, may require the involvement of a third party, Ukrainian First Vice Premier Serhiy Arbuzov said in a TV interview.
"We are speaking about a roadmap that would enable us to list all of the steps that we plan on taking, all the financial issues we face, everything that's unclear, and hold bilateral talks, and, if necessary, involve a third party," he said. As we have reported, the Ukrainian government and president refused to sign an association agreement with the EU at a summit in Vilnius on November 29, saying that they needed to hold three-party talks involving Russia. At the same time, EU officials said that this agreement is a bilateral one and therefore Russia cannot participate in negotiations. The EU officials also said they considered the stance taken by Ukraine as an attempt to delay the signing of the agreement or simply Ukraine's intention to not sign it at all.