The agreement requires regular summits between the President of the European Council and the President of Ukraine. Members of the Council of the European Union and the Cabinet of Ukrainian Ministers are also scheduled to meet regularly, as well as members of the European Parliament and the Ukrainian Parliament, as well as other officials and experts from both sides. The agreement obliges Ukraine to carry out economic, judicial and financial reforms in order to integrate its policy and legislation with that of the European Union. Ukraine is committed to gradually complying with EU technical and consumer standards.  The EU agrees to provide Ukraine with political and financial support, access to research and knowledge and preferential access to EU markets. The agreement commits both sides to promote progressive convergence towards the EU`s common security and defence policy and the policy of the European Defence Agency. Prior to the final signing of the agreement on 27 June 2014, Russian government officials said that Russia could most likely increase tariffs on Ukrainian imports, with Russia being Ukraine`s largest export market, which accounts for nearly a quarter of Ukraine`s international trade.  However, as a result of Russian aggression against Ukraine, the EU has become Ukraine`s largest trading partner. It is also its main source of foreign direct investment (FDI).  On the proposal of the EU and on the agreement of its Ukrainian counterparts, the agreement received its final and official title of “association agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, on the one hand, and Ukraine on the other”. In particular, the preamble, Title I “General Principles,” Title II, “Political Dialogue and Reform, Political Association, Cooperation and Convergence on Foreign and Security Policy,” and Title VII “Institutional, General and Definitive Provisions” of the Agreement. At the EU-Ukraine summit in Paris in September 2008, the parties agreed that the new expanded agreement would be known as the Association Agreement. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that members of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia could impose safeguards in the event of trade liberalization between Ukraine and the EU.
 [j] The EU condemned Russia`s threats and called them unacceptable.  Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov urged Russia to “accept the reality that Ukraine signs the EU agreement” and condemned all artificial barriers as unnecessary.  European Council President Herman Van Rompuy added that “we must not give in to external pressure, the least Russian.”  Barroso reiterated that the EU`s offer to Ukraine to sign an association agreement remained on the table.   At the same time, President Yanukovych stated that he wanted to sign the Association Agreement at a later date, “as soon as we get to work and find solutions to economic problems, if we get the opportunity to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Russia and all that we need to do to establish normal relations between the European Union. , Russia and Ukraine… It`s our responsibility.  On 19 September 2013, President Putin declared that Russia would impose “protectionist measures” on Ukraine once the EU Association Agreement was implemented.  The next day, Aleksei Pushkov, chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Duma (Russia`s main parliament), said that Ukraine was engaged in a “semi-colonial dependence” on the EU.  On 8 October 2013, President Putin declared that the free trade agreement could “create some trade and cooperation problems.