The situation on the free trade area between Kyiv and Brussels continues to cause concern in Russia, said the head of Ministry of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev on the results of the fifth trilateral Ministerial meeting.
BRUSSELS, 1 Dec. Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission at the trilateral talks in Brussels on 1 December had not agreed on a free trade area (FTA) between Kyiv and Brussels, the parties will continue, said the head of Ministry of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev.
“Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have agreed”, — said the speaker reporters in Brussels.
“This was our fifth Ministerial meeting, we have been doing this work for a long time. And if those items on which we reached today’s understanding were a year ago, I would have believed that we are moving in the right direction. But since we have a month left, the situation remains a cause for concern,” Ulyukayev said.
Ukraine and EU propose to address the concerns of the Russian Federation as they arise and find solutions to identified real damage.
“We say you don’t need to solve the problems when the damage has already appeared, it is necessary to prevent such a situation…. From us want us to agree with the decline of Ukraine’s commitments under the free trade zone of the CIS, and thus preserved its obligations under preferential trade. We believe that it is unjust and economically flawed”, confirmed position of the Russian Federation Ulyukayev.
According to the Minister, on Tuesday on the talks, the sides considered several options for a possible agreement, what has been proposed by colleagues from the EU, from the point of view of the Russian Federation, is unacceptable, as it is not legally binding. Russia insists on legally binding agreements, and have submitted respective proposals to the Kiev and the EU, Ulyukayev said.
In particular, Russia offers Ukraine and the EU to establish a tripartite system of information exchange in the area of customs administration, which would allow to track the country of origin of goods and would cover the possibility for products from third countries to qualify for preferential trade regime between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
“We proposed maintaining a system of certificates of conformity, which is now the Russian exporters are working on the Ukrainian market, and the parallel operation on the territory of Ukraine technical standards of the Russian Federation and the EU and the two systems of sanitary and phytosanitary measures,” — said Ulyukayev.
In addition, Russia has proposed to its partners the agreement in the field of energy — saving parallel functioning of power systems of Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine and the mutual sustainability of investment climate for Russian and Ukrainian companies.
Many of the proposals, in particular on the climate, our Ukrainian colleagues agreed with Russia, Ulyukayev said.
To be continued?
According to Ulyukayev, further work to remove concerns of the Russian Federation of the Association of Kiev-the EU will be carried out on the basis of proposals presented by Russia.
“We agreed to continue work at expert and Ministerial level, but because there is too little time, we need extraordinary efforts to reach agreement”, he said.
“The date of the Ministerial meeting has not been scheduled, our colleagues took the time to study our proposals,” he said.
Later, the EC reported that Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission following the trilateral meeting at Ministerial level in Brussels on Tuesday on the implementation of the free trade agreement of Kiev with the European Union, expressed readiness to continue negotiations both at Ministerial and at the expert level. “Participants identified a number of potential practical solutions and is ready to continue negotiations at the Ministerial and expert levels,” — said in a release by the EC.
“Colleagues took a pause to study them, but we are all aware that after January 1 we will have to study them in a different economic reality,” summed up the results of the talks the speaker. He confirmed that despite the continuation of negotiations, the likelihood that Russia will impose predamage towards Ukraine from January 1, 2016 is still high.
Strange statements Klimkin
A little later the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that Russia in trilateral talks in Brussels demanded that Kiev from January 1, to join bradenburg against the EU. According to him, Russia during the meeting, which was held on Tuesday, put forward a number of requirements that are not satisfied with Kiev.
“For example, the Russian side noted that we should join the ban, which the Russian side has already introduced including in relation to European countries, thus we should implement a free trade zone with the EU, while joining the prohibitions that she has imposed to some countries members of the EU, or the proposal that the implementation of the corresponding base relative to the standards should be delayed for a long time,” Klimkin told journalists.
However, Ulyukayev said that Russia has not offered Ukraine to join the food embargo against the EU.
“This is nonsense, we do,” said the speaker journalists, answering a question, whether Russia offered Ukraine in negotiations on Tuesday to enter predamage against the EU.