MANILA, November 17. The European and Ukrainian sides refuse to accept documents legally binding the Association of Ukraine with the EU, so the chances of reaching agreement on this issue at the upcoming 1 December Ministerial meeting in Brussels are low. This was reported to journalists by the Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev.
“They suggested. We did not accept it completely, because does not imply any obligation on the part of our partners, and involves commitment on our side,” he said.
While the speaker noted that after December 1 may require another meeting of Ministers, “if it turns out that partners are ready to move in the right direction.” “Probably makes sense to meet again. But while we have great reason for don’t see,” added the Russian Minister.
As previously reported, on the eve of the Ministerial meeting in Brussels on 9-10 November, held a tripartite meeting of experts. According to first Deputy Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Likhachev, to move forward on this issue failed.
At the beginning of September in Brussels held a trilateral Ministerial meeting EU-Russia-Ukraine, where it was stated that the implementation of the agreement on Association of Kiev with the European Union will start on 1 January 2016. The European Commissioner for trade Cecilia malmström on the results of this meeting noted that the draft implementing decisions on the Association EU – Ukraine will be ready in October-November.
Russia, the EU and Ukraine should prepare the intergovernmental agreement or international agreement on this issue.
Another expert round was held in early October 2015. For this meeting, the EU has prepared its own version of the document on the settlement risks. As reported earlier, the speaker, the experts considered it unacceptable that Treaty and decided to explore the option proposed by the Russian side. According to him, if Russian proposals will not be accepted in a legally binding form, Russia will impose the usual trade regime for Ukraine, without giving previous preferences.
Among the proposals of Russia, which were previously announced – parallel use up to 2025 in Ukraine, working now in the country technical regulations of Russia and Customs Union and new EU regulations. Russia also proposed to set quotas for Ukrainian goods from “at risk” in the case of the implementation of the agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU.
Earlier, Ulyukayev said that unless a legally binding document, from 1 January 2016, when will come into force the Association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, will come into force and the government decree on the abolition of the regime of free trade zone /FTZ/ for Ukraine and the establishment of the General most favoured nation treatment. In addition, Ukraine will be distributed grocery sanctions that now apply to the EU.