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Ukraine signs deal with E.U., draws Russian ire

Jun 27, 2014, 5:52 AM EDT
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, center, poses with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, left, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels on June 27.
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Ukraine signed a free-trade and political cooperation agreement with the European Union on Friday that has been at the heart of the country's political crisis, drawing an immediate threat of "grave consequences" from Russia. Georgia and Moldova signed similar deals, holding out the prospect of deep economic integration and unfettered access to the EU's 500 million citizens. "Over the last months, Ukraine paid the highest possible price to make her European dreams come true," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told EU leaders at a signing ceremony in Brussels.

Background:

Ukraine signs trade agreement with E.U., draws Russian threat [Reuters]

Ukraine signs E.U. association agreement [USA Today]

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