Cooperation with the EU
The legal basis of relations between Ukraine and the EU is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement of 14 June 1994 (entered into force on 1 March 1998). This agreement establishes cooperation on a wide range of political, trade, economic and humanitarian issues. In addition, a number of sectoral agreements concluded and instruments of international law, according to which there is cooperation between Ukraine and the EU. Ukraine cooperates with the EU as part of the “Eastern Partnership” one of whose tasks is to prepare for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union.
On the November 2013 summit in Vilnius one expected signing of an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU. However, on November 9 in there was a secret meeting between the presidents Putin and Yanukovych, the background of which is unknown. After that, Ukrainian authorities abruptly changed the rhetoric, and November 21, 2013 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to suspend the process of preparing to sign an agreement with the EU. As a result, all over Ukraine mass protests started.