February, 17

There are about 20 people in Ukraine who can negotiate with the EU to establish a free trade zone.

Experts talked about this on Thursday in Gorshenin Institute. According to the lawyer Sergei Kozyakov, this is the main reason why negotiations with the EU are lasted so long.

European integration is just a fantasy, but the Custom Union with Russia is a reality, said Representative of the Russian Embassy Viktor Kochukov. According to him, the integration between Kiev and Moscow will not mean loss of ukrainian sovereignty.

Relations between Ukraine and the EU have entered a dangerous phase, said the head of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ukraine Nico Lange. According to him, the EU is concerned about political developments in Ukraine. Lange himself was in the center of a scandal six months ago, when he was detained for several hours on the border by ukrainian law enforcers.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will arrive in Kiev on February 24. This visit will take place on the background of numerous opposition’s allegations that Europe is not satisfied by the current ukrainian authorities. The Secretary General’s visit coincides with the Defender of the Fatherland Day, which is celebrated on February 23. and comes from the Soviet Army Day.

On Thursday at the site has been published:

- Andrew Yanitsky’s article on the need for a financial ombudsman introduction;

- Vyacheslav Pihovshek’s article about granting political asylum to former high-ranking Ukrainian officials, which will not prevent an investigation into crimes imputed to them;

- photo essay from Zhytomyr colony for sentenced to life imprisonment.

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