According to the Deputy Minister, the MAYOR, the Russian owners are aware of the risks and prepared for any eventuality. Many have already transferred their assets from Ukraine.
MOSCOW, 19 Oct. Russian companies operating in Ukraine, are preparing for the anticipated abolition of the Moscow regime of preferences in trade in against Kiev and transfer their assets from Ukraine, said Deputy Minister of economic development Alexey Likhachev.
The Deputy Minister believes that state support for Russian companies operating in Ukraine, and if necessary, a very limited number of enterprises.
“Russian owners already know about all the risks and prepare for any eventuality. Many of them transferred their assets from Ukraine. Now is not the time to do there business”, — said Likhachev in an interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”. Earlier, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia intends to switch to a normal trade regime with Ukraine, without preferences, if Ukraine will move to implementation of the Association agreement with the EU.
Question about the implementation of the Association agreement is a key in relations between Ukraine and the EU. Kiev has developed a plan whereby the adaptation of Ukrainian legislation to European needs to be completed by 2017.
The parties also negotiate about the beginning of the FTA in 2016. The problem lies in the concerns of the Russian Federation joining to the provisions of the FTA and fears of an influx of duty-free goods from the EU through Ukraine. Kiev and the EU try to come to a compromise with the Russian side.
Earlier, the head of the Ministry of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev said that Russia insists on signing EU-Ukraine legally binding instrument on the lifting of the economic risks the Russian Federation of their associations, but so far sees from the partners “rather negative” signals. He confirmed Russia’s intention in the absence of agreements from 1 January 2016 to cancel Ukraine’s preferential trade regime and to enter predamage.