It is clear that in the South and East, support for the EU and the EEU is now tight. Despite the difficulties encountered during the investigation in the war-torn Donbass, the first choice is not for the EU or the EEU, but for the non-aligned category. The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union is an association agreement between the European Union (EU), Euratom, Ukraine and the 28 UNION Member States (separate parts of the EU and Euratom). It creates a political and economic association between the parties. The agreement came into force on September 1, 2017 and some parts had previously been provisionally implemented. The parties pledged to cooperate in a wide range of areas and to end economic policy, legislation and regulation, including equal rights for workers, approaches to the free movement of persons, the exchange of information and staff in the field of justice, the modernisation of Ukraine`s energy infrastructure and access to the European Investment Bank. The parties committed to holding summit meetings and regular meetings between ministers, other officials and experts. In addition, the agreement establishes a comprehensive and comprehensive free trade area between the parties. The most dramatic changes in Ukraine`s foreign policy since 2013 have concerned NATO. Supporters of NATO membership have always been in the minority in Ukraine. Prior to 2014, polls showed that support for NATO was even lower than that of a military union with Russia (although the latter fish caught was never seriously taken into account by Ukrainian politicians or experts). The most historically supported option by Ukrainian public opinion was non-block status – which did not belong to Western alliances or Russian-led military alliances. However, the official objective adopted by the Ukrainian parliament in 2003 under the presidency of Leonid Kuchma was to join the EU and NATO, while preserving the strategic partnership with Russia.
The agreement requires regular summits between the President of the European Council and the President of Ukraine.