Ukraine and the EU are against signing legally binding documents with Russia on Association between Kiev and Brussels, told reporters the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev.
before the Minister confirmed his participation in the scheduled for 1 December in Brussels tripartite Ministerial meeting on the implementation of the economic part of the agreement on Association Ukraine-EU, however, said that chances to reach before the end of the year the consensus on removing the risks for the Russian Federation on the issue under consideration is small. Expert discussion on the issue of the Association held on November 9-10, the speaker gave a negative answer to the question whether there is any progress in the negotiations after these consultations.
Speaking about in what stage is the process of discussion with the partners of the Treaty on the unity between Ukraine and the EU, the Minister said that the option that was proposed by Ukraine and the EU, did Not suit the Russian Federation, because they do Not imply any obligation from Kyiv and Brussels, But imposes certain liabilities on Moscow.
"Absolutely", he replied to the question whether Ukraine and EU against the adoption of legally binding instruments on the issue.
While the speaker did Not exclude that can be held another Ministerial meeting between the parties." I don't know, has the ability to be, and will be required to hold (a meeting with the EU-Ukraine - ed.). If suddenly it will appear that partners are ready to move in the right direction, it probably makes sense to meet again. But as long as we have large grounds (agree - ed.) Not see, " he said.
a year Earlier, Ukraine and the European Parliament ratified the Association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, part of which is the provision on free trade area. Russia is concerned with the introduction from 1 January 2016 in the provisions of the free trade zone and fears of an influx of duty free items from the EU through Ukraine, which wants to enter the food embargo and customs duties for Ukraine.
Among the goals of the Treaty on the unity between Ukraine and the EU: the development of the Association, the gradual rapprochement between Ukraine and the EU on the basis of common values, deepening economic and trade relations, strengthening cooperation in the field of justice, freedom and security.
the priority is the economic component. Close attention is paid to provision on free trade area between Ukraine and the EU (FTA), which should provide a gradual integration of Ukrainian economy into the EU internal market. Part of a contract involves questions of establishing the principles of cooperation in several sectors: energy, industrial policy and entrepreneurship, taxation, tourism and others. Also defines the mechanism and the ways for Ukraine to obtain financial assistance from the EU. The entire contract consists of more than 1000 pages, and its structure consists of a preamble, seven parts, 43 applications and three protocols. Priorities are economic aspects of the Treaty. Read more about them and about how passed dialogues on this issue, read