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UK, Ukraine to sign post-Brexit partnership agreement

Christian Fernsby |
Britain and Ukraine will on Thursday sign a strategic partnership agreement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said.

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Topics: UKRAINE   

The deal to intensify the two countries’ political, trade and strategic cooperation will be signed in Downing Street as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky makes a two-day visit to the UK.

It will replace key elements of an existing partnership agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, as London looks to its post-Brexit future in 2021.

Britain formally left the bloc in January but has remained bound by most of its rules until the end of the year under the terms of its divorce.

“The UK is Ukraine’s most fervent supporter,” Johnson said in a statement ahead of the signing.

“We are utterly committed to upholding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” he added, calling the new agreement “the next chapter” in the countries’ relationship.

The new deal with Kiev includes a comprehensive preferential free trade agreement covering goods, services, and tariffs and quotas, his office said.

It also details commitments to cooperate on peaceful conflict resolution, defence and security, climate change and human rights.

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