Ukraine to ratify EU pact next week: Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) welcoming his Estonian counterpart Toomas Hendrik Ilves prior to a meeting in Kiev, September 11, 2014President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday that the Ukrainian and European parliaments would meet on September 16 to jointly ratify an historic agreement pulling his country further out of Russia’s reach. Poroshenko also told an international conference in Kiev he hoped to secure a “special status” for Ukraine with the US during his visit to Washington next week when he will meet President Barack Obama and deliver a keynote address in Congress. His announcements came on the same day that the European Union applied its most punishing economic sanctions to date against Russia for its alleged support for pro-Kremlin insurgents fighting against Kiev’s rule.

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