The talks between Russia Ukraine and the European Commission on the Association agreement and the free trade area of Kiev with the European Union was the recognition of the need for a transition period for technical regulations. However, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin believes that the reason for no new consultations.
BRUSSELS, 21 Dec. Alexander Shishlo. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said Monday that he currently sees no reason for holding the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the European Commission of new rounds of Ministerial negotiations on Association of Ukraine with the European Union, including the creation of a free trade zone with the EU.
“Now, we see no reason for consultations at the Ministerial level,” he said after the meeting, saying that consultations will be continued at the expert level.
Of the Russian Federation on the negotiations with Ukraine and the European Commission on the Association agreement and the free trade area of Kiev with the European Union was represented by the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev. He said that the only result of the talks was the recognition of the need for a transition period for technical regulations. According to him, Russia has to protect its interests unilaterally: from 1 January in Ukraine will be introduced the most favored.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the Russian Federation from 1 January to protect its market for Ukraine introduces customs duties and food embargo, similar to that applicable in respect of countries that supported sanctions against Russia. Also on 16 December, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on suspension from 1 January 2016 to the Treaty on the free trade zone of the CIS in Ukraine, which actually means the introduction of Ukraine duties on most favoured nation treatment.