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Kiev signs EU financial aid deal

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Kiev signs EU financial aid deal


The European Commission on Tuesday signed a deal with Ukraine to disburse one billion euros of financial aid.

The signing came during a visit by interim Ukrainian prime Arseniy Yatsenyuk to the EU headquarters in Brussels.

José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, said that the money would help Ukraine “address short term economic stabilisation needs and implement governance reforms.”

Yatsenyuk also reiterated his call for Moscow to stop interfering in Ukrainian affairs – a charge Russia denies.

He branded those calling to split from the rest of Ukraine as “terrorists.”

“It seems that Russia is already engaged in supporting russian-led protesters and terrorists,” the interim premier said.
“Russia will fail to make ukraine a failed state!’

Ukraine’s leadership also discussed the Ukrainian-Russian gas problem with senior officials.

The topic will be raised again when EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger meets the Ukrainian and Russian energy ministers in Athens on May 16th.

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