The beginning of the 2016 will bring the entering into force of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between Ukraine and the European Union (EU). The DCFTA is part of the broader Association Agreement between Kiev and Brussels, whose negotiations were launched in February 2007. Ukraine's WTO membership, occurred in May 2008, allowed the launch of negotiations on DCFTA, which were completed in 2011. However, for nearly two years, its signing process was stalled by the EU Member States, on grounds related to the respect of democratic standards by Kiev on one hand and the former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko's imprisonment on other. Meanwhile, on October 18, 2011, Ukraine, together with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Tajikistan, had signed the Free Trade Agreement of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS-FT), which entered into force a year later.