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. On 21 November 2013, verkhovna Rada failed on one of six requests to give medical treatment to former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko abroad, which was a request from the EU to sign the Association Agreement.   In the same week, Tymoshenko had declared that she was ready to ask the EU to abandon the demand for her freedom if it meant that President Viktor Yanukovych would sign the Association Agreement.  On the same day, a decree of the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for the signing of the Association Agreement; Instead, it proposed the creation of a three-way trade commission between Ukraine, the European Union and Russia, which would resolve trade issues between the parties.  Prime Minister Mykola Azarov adopted the decree to „ensure Ukraine`s national security“ and taking into account the potential impact of trade with Russia (and other CIS countries)  if the agreement was signed at a summit in Vilnius on 28-29 November.    According to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Boyko, Ukraine will resume preparations for the agreement „if the decline in industrial production and our relations with the CIS countries are compensated by the European market, otherwise our country`s economy will suffer serious damage.“  Some EU diplomats were more sceptical about the reasons given.  Later, on 21 November 2013, Russian President Dmitry Peskov`s spokesman called the Ukrainian decree „a strictly internal and sovereign decision of the country, and we believe that we have no right to take a position“ and said that Russia was ready to conduct tripartite negotiations with Ukraine and the EU on trade and economic issues.  The European Parliament`s monitoring mission in Ukraine stated (also on 21 November 2013) that it was still possible to sign the association agreement ENTRE the EU and Ukraine.
 On the same day, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said: „There is no alternative to reforms in Ukraine and an alternative to European integration… We are going down that road and we are not changing directions.  [b] 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.