Ukraine's further steps regarding European integration were outlined during the 20th Ukraine-EU summit, and, in particular, included the energy sector, the implementation of the Schengen legislation, the digital market, and the deepening of customs cooperation, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said at the final press conference after the summit on July 9.
“I’m grateful that today we agreed on a vision for further deepening the relations between the EU and Ukraine, based on sectoral integration, fully using the potential of the Association Agreement… Ukraine is committed to stepping up efforts to bring its legislation into line with that of the EU… We have agreed to start practical work on this, and to present the first results by the time of the (EU-Ukraine) Association Council meeting in December this year,” said the President of Ukraine.
Earlier, on July 5, the European Union decided to extend the anti-Russian sanctions for six months, that is until January 31, 2019. According to the decision, sanctions imply limiting access to the EU market for five major Russian state companies and their subsidiaries, as well as for three Russian energy companies and three defense structures. Also, sanctions prohibit these companies from exporting arms and military goods to the countries of the European Union, as well as restricting Russia's access to certain technologies and services that can be used for oil production.