27 November 2013, 13:01

Yanukovych calls for updating Ukrainian-Russian strategic partnership agreement

Yanukovych calls for updating Ukrainian-Russian strategic partnership agreement

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych describes Ukraine's relationship with Russia in the past 3.5 years as a period of confrontation and insists on the renewal of a strategic partnership agreement between the two countries.

"We have entered a tailspin in our relations, and we need to change this now," Yanukovych said in an interview with leading Ukrainian TV channels.

"A lot of issues have piled up, which we can resolve very quickly," Yanukovych said.

"Taking into account the realities existing in Ukraine and taking into account that it's necessary to reach a new level of relations with our partners, including with Russia [:] There has been confrontations for three years, and the proposals that we received from Russia were unacceptable for us.

And this is among the problems that have delayed the signing of a strategic partnership agreement. This agreement exists and is in effect, but it's time to update it," Yanukovych said.

Petition to impose sanctions on Yanukovych appears on White House website

A petition to impose personal sanctions on President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine members appeared on the White House official website and gathered already more than 1000 signatures.

Authors of petition are displeased that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has adopted resolution to suspend the preparation process to conclude Association Agreement with European Union.

"We cannot accept the fact that President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his government deny the right of the people of Ukraine to become closer to the Western civilization," authors claim.

100,000 signatures are needed by December, 26 to be reviewed by the Administration.

Here is the full text of the petition:

"On the 21 November 2013 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has adopted resolution to suspend the preparation process to conclude Association Agreement with European Union.

We cannot accept the fact that President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his government deny the right of the people of Ukraine to become closer to the Western civilization.

We demand to impose personal sanctions on Mr Yanukovych and Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine members unless Mr Yanukovych signs the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement during Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania on 29 November 2013:

The sanctions should include but not be limited to:

- Ban to enter the US and EU for Mr Yanukovych and Ukraine government members families.

- Freeze bank accounts of companies affiliated with them"

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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