The speaker: the decision of the Russian Federation on the introduction of predamage for Ukraine cannot be called final

The speaker: the decision of the Russian Federation on the introduction of predamage for Ukraine cannot be called final


MANILA, November 19. The decision of the government of the Russian Federation on the introduction of predamage against Ukraine can not be regarded as final, it will enter into force, if the parties fail to agree on removing the economic risks of Ukraine’s Association agreement with the EU. This was reported to journalists by the Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev.

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The speaker: the government has decided to introduce from 1 January, predamage against Ukraine

“This decision was made as deferred. Both solutions – and the possibility of the introduction of most favored nation treatment, and the food embargo is adopted with a delay. If, before 1 January will not be such-and-such decision, then it automatically comes into force,” he said.

The speaker explained that any additional solutions besides the previously adopted, by the introduction of predamage against Ukraine, the Russian government did not accept.

The question of removal of the risks will be discussed at the trilateral (Russia – EU – Ukraine) Ministerial meeting in Brussels on 1 December. As previously reported by the speaker, 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 meeting in Brussels is small.

At the beginning of September in Brussels held a trilateral Ministerial meeting at which 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 РUkraine will be ready in October-November.

Russia, the EU and Ukraine should prepare a legally binding document – an intergovernmental agreement or international agreement on this issue.

The 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. The speaker said then that the experts found unacceptable the contract 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.