Ukraine's Poroshenko to Sign EU Agreement on June 27

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would sign an association agreement with the European Union on June 27 and also would send his new foreign minister to Luxembourg next week to lay out a peace plan for the east to EU ministers.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right) congratulates new Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin in Kyiv on June 19, 2014. /AP Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right) congratulates new Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin in Kyiv on June 19, 2014. /AP

Poroshenko made his comments after presenting Pavlo Klimkin, who was earlier endorsed as foreign minister by parliament, to the media.

Klimkin commented, "Our priorities are obvious -- they are a peace plan [for eastern Ukraine] and association with the EU."

Referring to plans to sign the association agreement, Poroshenko said, "That for which we have waited for so long will take place next week."

VOA News / Jun. 20, 2014 08:26 KST