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Pessimism grows over Ukraine-EU deal

POTENTIALLY HISTORIC:The free-trade deal would mark the integration of the country with Europe and a severing of ties with Kiev’s former Soviet masters

AFP, KIEV

Almost no details have filtered out about the mysterious visit, with the Ukrainian foreign ministry saying only that the two sides discussed economic cooperation in the context of the Vilnius summit.

“Right from the start Yanukovych did not want to sign anything with the European Union,” Tymoshenko’s ally Yatsenyuk wrote bitterly on Twitter. “He played and outplayed even himself.”

The European Parliament’s two special envoys, Poland’s former president Aleksander Kwasniewski and former European Parliament president Pat Cox, were expected in Kiev yesterday to give Ukraine a final chance to show it had made progress.

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