November 21, 2013
Ukraine has rejected draft laws that would allow the release of a
jailed opposition leader, suspended plans for a landmark agreement with
the European Union and announced it will renew active dialogue with
The decree issued by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on the government
website on Thursday said that the decision was taken in order to “ensure
the national security of Ukraine” after taking into account the effects
of trade with Russia if the agreement was signed on November 28-29
summit in Vilnius.
The agreement with the EU would have marked a pivotal shift westwards
for the ex-Soviet republic’s 46 million people, away from historic
The government instead proposed creating a three-way trade commission
between Ukraine, the European Union and Russia that would resolve trade
issues between the three sides.