Ukraine-EU Summit to Begin in Kiev Monday
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is set to host top EU officials at the Ukraine-EU summit on Monday. The summit is set to be the first of its kind since Kiev signed an Association Agreement with the European Union last year.
President Poroshenko and European Council President Donald Tusk are expected to discuss the implementation of the agreement as well as ongoing efforts to bring an end to the year-long armed conflict in Ukraine's east during the summit. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn could also attend the meeting.
During the talks, President Poroshenko is expected to reiterate his calls for UN peacekeepers to be deployed in the country to enforce the ceasefire that Kiev signed with Lugansk and Donetsk people's republics in February. The free trade zone and possible visa-free regime between the European Union and Ukraine, as well as financial aid to Kiev could also be on the agenda of the talks.
The current Ukraine-EU summit is seen as part of preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit that will bring together EU officials with representatives from six former Soviet republics, including Ukraine, in Latvia next month.