A free trade zone between Ukraine and the European Union will come into effect on January 1st in spite of objections from Russia.
That's according to Cecilia Malmström, the European Commisioner for trade, who is expected to visit Ukrainian capital Kyiv this week. Malmstrom says efforts to find common ground with Russia are on-going.
The Kremlin initially intervened to stop the free trade zone comnig into effect last autumn. Russia says it could impose an embargo on Ukrainian goods if the Ukraine-EU deal comes into force.