Ukraine says suspends preparations for EU trade deal

The Ukrainian government on Thursday said it was suspending preparations for concluding a free trade and cooperation agreement with the European Union, Reuters reports.

An order issued on the government web site said the government was suspending the “process of preparation” for the agreement “with the aim of adopting measures to ensure national (economic) security”.

The agreement was scheduled to be signed in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on November 29.

Earlier today Ukraine’s parliament voted against all six bills that would have allowed jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko to go abroad for treatment, dealing a potentially fatal to blow to the chances of signing an association deal with the EU this month.

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