The agreement obliges Ukraine to carry out economic, judicial and financial reforms in order to integrate its policy and legislation with that of the European Union. Ukraine is committed to gradually complying with EU technical and consumer standards.  The EU agrees to provide Ukraine with political and financial support, access to research and knowledge and preferential access to EU markets. The agreement commits both sides to promote progressive convergence towards the EU`s common security and defence policy and the policy of the European Defence Agency. On 11 July 2017, the Council adopted, on behalf of the EU, a decision on the conclusion of the Association Agreement with Ukraine. This was the final step in the ratification process, which allowed the full implementation of the agreement from 1 September 2017. In November 2013, then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych decided not to sign the agreement, including its trade element, the “Deep and Global Free Trade Agreement” (ALEC). On 21 March, the ukrainian Prime Minister-in-Office, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, signed the political component of the Association Agreement, but not the DCFTA. On 26 June, newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the DCFTA.
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. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that members of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia could impose safeguards in the event of trade liberalization between Ukraine and the EU.  [j] The EU condemned Russia`s threats and called them unacceptable.  Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov urged Russia to “accept the reality that Ukraine signs the EU agreement” and condemned all artificial barriers as unnecessary.  On 29 July 2013, Russia banned the importation of chocolate products from the Ukrainian company Roshen and asked Belarus and Kazakhstan to follow suit.