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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Urges Ukraine to Sign NPT

LUXEMBOURG -- The European Union said Monday it would renew efforts to persuade Ukraine to ditch its nuclear history and abide by non-nuclear agreements.

EU foreign ministers agreed on a series of steps to be taken to strengthen relations with Kiev ranging from offering advice on a new constitution to improving trade ties.

But they indicated concern about Ukraine's failure so far to ratify the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

They said the EU would renew efforts to "impress upon the Ukrainian government and parliament the need" to accede to the treaty "as a non-nuclear weapons state at the earliest possible time."

The ministers also said the EU wanted full implementation by Ukraine of the START I and START II agreements on nuclear weapons reduction.