Brussels does not want to compensate Ukraine's losses from the food embargo, which Russia intends to impose in connection with the creation of a free trade area (FTA) between Ukraine And the EU. About It the European Commissioner on enlargement And European neighborhood policy Johannes Hahn said in an interview.
"We, of course, were And remain opposed to any actions that impede trade. But We have already provided many means to make Ukrainian business prepared for new export opportunities to new market conditions, " said Khan.
"We will speak frankly: ever since that time, as We come to a consensus on FTA was no secret that after the introduction of the Russian Federation can act in response, whether we like It or not. And plenty of time to get ready for this ", - noted the European Commissioner.
Johannes Hahn that the European Union will not Fund the salary increase of the Ukrainian civil servants to civil service reform. According to him, requires a "concept of reform, "" concrete, which is currently lacking ".
"This is exactly what we need to change in relations with Ukraine. In the past We too often financed promises. The time has come when We are ready to Finance only the result, " said Khan.
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 on 1 January 2016.