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Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Ukraine’s interim prime minister says the country will likely sign a long-awaited political accord with the European Union next week.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk made the announcement on Wednesday, after talks with US President Barack Obama at the White House.

“I’m sure that next week Ukraine is to sign the political part of the association agreement and to make a very solid and strong step in order to make Ukraine an integral part of the European Union,” Yatsenyuk told a think tank in Washington following the meeting.

Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had said that the deal could be signed possibly during the next EU summit, scheduled for March 20-21.

“We agreed to sign the political part of the association agreement with Ukraine as soon as possible, probably at the next EU summit,” Merkel stated.

The association agreement between the EU and Ukraine was initially to be signed last November. However, the former Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, rejected the deal in favor of closer ties with Russia.

The rejection triggered months of anti-government protests that led to Yanukovych’s ouster on February 23.

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