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There is little prospect that Yanukovuch (l) will be invited to Brussels before the summit (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

Brinksmanship on all sides ahead of EU-Ukraine summit

The EU is continuing to call for legal reform in Ukraine, while Ukraine is still demanding an EU accession promise ahead of a summit that is unlikely to see the initialing of a landmark association treaty.

MPs loyal to Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych have binned by a vote of 438 to 147 a bill to decriminalise charges against Yanukovych's political rival Yulia Tymoshenko in line with EU demands to set her free.

Officially, the EU side says Yanukovych could still use his preside...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

There is little prospect that Yanukovuch (l) will be invited to Brussels before the summit (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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