Latvia: 'We hope an association agreement with Ukraine will start on Jan 1, 2016' - Latvian PM

Prime Minister of Latvia, Laimdota Straujuma stated that the European Union "hopes" that an association deal with Ukraine will start on January 1, 2016 before day two of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Friday. She added that it is the "same for Georgia" and that if both countries fulfil all criteria required, then as of next year, a "visa-free regime" will be functional for both countries. Straujuma also identified good governance, mobility, economic relations and trade as the four items that will be discussed at the summit on Friday. The Latvian premier also asserted her view that the Eastern Partnership "is for cooperation" and not "against somebody or something." The Eastern Partnership Summit is focused on the European Union's approach to its European neighbours including Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.