Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych reaffirmed his commitment to the agreement in his annual speech on Ukraine`s Independence Day on August 24, urging Ukraine to become a modern European state. In the same speech, he also called for building relationships.” Russia, countries of the Eurasian community, other world leaders and new centers of economic development. [216] Pro-European Ukrainian opposition politicians commented that the Russian action was in line with a leaked document that outlined a Russian government strategy to extend the customs union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia to Ukraine and prevent its continued association with Euro-Atlantic structures. The 14-page document lists, among other things, efforts to promote pro-Russian rhetoric in media dominated by anti-Russian views, sanction pro-European Ukrainian entrepreneurs, TV moguls and politicians, efforts to elect pro-Russian Viktor Medvedchuk to the presidency in 2015, and then the cleansing of pro-European officials. The document also mentions cooperation with Belarus and Kazakhstan in this regard. [217] [218] Experts who commented on the “leaked document” argued that Medvedchuk had no chance of winning the 2015 presidential elections and could not seriously disrupt the signing of the association agreement. [219] [220] An Association Agreement was negotiated between Ukraine and the UNION between 2009 and 2011 to replace the existing PCA. The AA aims at political association and economic integration, includes a “Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area” and runs in parallel with negotiations for a visa-free regime. It contains no prospect of Ukraine joining, although it recalls it as “a European country with a European identity” and claims that “the EU has recognised Ukraine`s European aspirations”. . . .