The refuse to sign the Association Agreement in 2013 was a part of the Russian hybrid war. Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine claimed this during his speech in Dnipro broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
‘It is obvious now that the Kremlin’s special operation on the disruption of the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU was a part of the hybrid war against Ukraine. The first step is to frighten Yanukovych and Azarov. We went, including the trip to Vilnius on November 29, everywhere trying to do everything that depended on us to press, assure, argue the necessity to sign the Association Agreement but it was a totally dependent person who got the orders from Moscow and he was not going to sign the agreement’, Poroshenko noted.
The work on the signing of the Association Agreement took 10 years and was finished in 2013. Viktor Yanukovych, the former President of Ukraine did not sign the document in November 2013 at the ‘Eastern Partnership’ in Vilnius; particularly this became the beginning of the Revolution of Dignity. The signing took place in 2014 and the agreement was ratified during 2014-2017 by the Verkhovna Rada, the European Parliament and the national parliament of all EU countries.