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Ukraine PM Predicts EU Membership Within 10 Years

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman has predicted Ukraine will join the European Union within the next 10 years.

In an interview with a German newspaper published on July 1, Hroysman said Ukraine's Association Agreement with the EU will serve as a catalyst for reforms in Ukraine.

"We are going the European way and that means for us: freedom, human rights, and a strong economy," Hroysman told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

"We should bring our norms in compliance with EU norms. A lot has been already done, especially in battling corruption. For example, we have created a transparent public procurement system," he added.

Hroysman said his country still believed strongly in the bloc, despite Britain's recent vote to leave.

"I respect the right of a sovereign state to take such a decision," he said. "But I still think that achievements should be protected."

Based on reporting by AFP and Ukraine Today