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EU halts talks with Ukraine on trade deal

EU halts talks with Ukraine on trade deal
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The EU Commissioner for Enlargement Štefan Füle has announced on Twitter that negotiations with Ukraine on a trade pact have halted.

Referring to the country’s government, led by President Victor Yanukovych, Füle tweeted: “Words & deeds of President &government regarding#AssocAgreement further&further apart.Their arguments have no grounds in reality.”

Ukraine u-turned on its long-planned Association Agreement with the EU last month, shortly before it was due to be signed.

The government said the country could not afford to sacrifice trade with Russia by going ahead.

The decision has sparked weeks of mass demonstrations in Kyiv, in which hundreds of thousands of people have taken part.