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EU suspends Ukraine trade deal plans amid protests

The EU says it is putting on hold work on a key trade agreement with Ukraine, saying the government's arguments have "no grounds in reality". Protesters have taken to the streets in support of the agreement, which was rejected by the government.

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EU says Ukraine government has 'no grounds in reality'

The European Union says it is putting on hold work with Ukraine on a trade agreement, saying Ukraine government arguments have "no grounds in reality".

EU enlargement chief Stefan Fuel tweeted that he had told Ukraine's first deputy prime minister Serhiy Arbuzov last week that further discussion on the trade agreement was conditional on a "clear commitment" by Kiev to sign. However, Mr Fuel said he had not heard back from the Ukraine government.

Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych previously rejected a deal with the EU, leading to weeks of demonstrations.

The trade deal was set to strengthen ties between Ukraine and the EU.

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