Chizhov: the Ministerial meeting of the Russia-EU-Ukraine Association will be held before the end of December

Chizhov: the Ministerial meeting of the Russia-EU-Ukraine Association will be held before the end of December


BRUSSELS, 10 December. /Corr. Asya Harutyunyan/. Ministerial meeting of Russia, EC and Ukraine on the risks of the Association of Brussels with Kiev will be held until the end of December in the Belgian capital. This was announced by Russia’s permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov, speaking at the European policy centre in Brussels.

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“Recently held talks at the technical level, which did not lead to a breakthrough. The end of the month to be held the next Ministerial meeting,” he said. In this case, the diplomat did not specify when exactly the talks will be held.
However, according to Chizhov, the chances that the parties will manage to agree, small. “Small, because of the progress we had hoped for, not till now”, – said the permanent representative.

Chizhov also added that the chances of reaching agreement on the risks of the Association EU-Ukraine at the next Ministerial meeting in December are slim. “Small, because of the progress we had hoped for, not till now”, – he told, answering a question of journalists.

The last Ministerial meeting in the format Russia-EU-Ukraine held in Brussels on 1 December. On its results Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev told journalists that the parties have not reached a final compromise on risks of entry into force of the Association agreement of Kiev with the European Union.

“Russia, Ukraine and EU have agreed. With many of our proposals our colleagues agreed, however, acceptable document yet. Agreed the work of experts to continue at expert and Ministerial level,” he said.
The Minister noted that the sides discussed several options for a possible agreement. Ulyukayev added that suggestions of their colleagues unacceptable, because it is not legally binding, they offer to find the “interchange” problems as will be identified for the actual damage.

“We say that too late to solve the problem when damage has already appeared. Need to create a situation that will not allow this damage to appear. So we’re talking about what needs to be formulated legally binding structure, where each party would have its obligations,” he explained.