In March 2013, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele informed the European Parliament that while the Ukrainian authorities have “clearly committed” to tackling the issues raised by the EU, several “worrying” incidents have occurred recently, including the removal of the mandate of Tymoshenko`s lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, in the Parliament of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine), which could delay the signing of the agreements. However, the next day, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed optimism that they would be signed in November.  On 7 April 2013, a decree issued by President Yanukovych Lutsenko was released from prison and freed him and his fellow ministers of the second government, Tymoshenko Heorhiy Filipchuk, from a new punishment.  On 3 September 2013, during the inaugural session of the Verkhovna Rada after the summer holidays, President Yanukovych asked his Parliament to pass laws to enable Ukraine to meet EU criteria and sign the Association Agreement in November 2013.  On 18 September, the Ukrainian government unanimously approved the draft Association Agreement.  On 25 September 2013, Verkhovna President Rada Volodymyr Rybak said that he was confident that his Parliament would pass all the laws necessary to meet the EU criteria for the Association Agreement, since the Verkhovna Rada, with the exception of the Ukrainian Communist Party, “has united around these bills”. [a]  On 20 November 2013, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said he expected the Verkhovna Rada to consider the remaining bills needed to sign the Association Agreement on 29 November 2013 the following day. Chapter 4 aims to improve the legal environment for EFTA and Ukrainian investors investing in other countries` markets in sectors not covered by the trade in services chapter. The agreement provides for both non-discriminatory access to the direct investment market and fair, fair and non-discriminatory treatment of existing investments.
In some areas, the parties have expressed reservations on the basis of restrictions imposed by their national legislation (Annex XI and XII). While work to sign a comprehensive and comprehensive free trade agreement between Ukraine and the EU began for the first time in 1999, formal negotiations between the Ukrainian government and the EU Trade Commissioner did not begin until 18 February 2008.  In May 2011, three issues remain unresolved in the free trade agreement: Ukrainian grain export quotas, access to the EU services market and geographical names of Ukrainian raw materials. Beyond these issues, the agreement was ready.  Despite these outstanding issues, Ukraine was ready to sign the agreement at present. Although Ukraine wanted stronger wording of the eu`s enlargement prospects and market access for its truckers, Ukraine had more than many other candidates at the same stage of the process. The final agreement was signed on July 19, 2012.  The ratification of the DCFTA was blocked by the EU due to concerns about the rule of law in Ukraine.    These include the application of selective justice and the modification of the right to vote. As a result, the role of Ukrainian oligarchs in sanctioning the agreement has also been called into question.
 In the following months, Russia continued to push for an end to the Association Agreement or, at the very least, its trade component, the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (ACFTA), which Russia (wrongly) considered harmful to its interests, arguing that duty-free imports from the EU to Ukraine could easily “escape” to Russia.