The speaker: trilateral talks of Russia, EU and Ukraine on trade ended inconclusively

The speaker: trilateral talks of Russia, EU and Ukraine on trade ended inconclusively


BRUSSELS, 21 December. /Corr. Denis Dubrovin/. The trilateral Ministerial talks between Russia, EU and Ukraine on trade were ended without reaching a compromise.

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“The parties reiterated their positions,” he said following the talks, the head of the Ministry of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev. According to him, Ukraine “emotionally” took the introduction of the embargo by Russia.

Earlier, the European official told reporters that the compromise at the meeting “is unlikely, because Russia insists on the adaptation of the agreement on free trade area EU – Ukraine, which will enter into force on 1 January 2016, whereas the EU and Ukraine is not ready”.

“Preferences rooted in the past”

On Monday, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on the introduction of most favored nation regime is the Treaty on free trade zone with Ukraine, as well as the use of counter-sanctions against this country.

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“From 1 January 2016 in respect of Ukraine will be applied import duties under the common customs tariff of the EEU, that is, Ukraine will apply the most favoured nation treatment without any exceptions. All preferences go in the past, benefits will not be”, – said the head of the Russian Cabinet.

The Prime Minister stressed that “we need to protect our market and our manufacturers and to prevent import under the guise of Ukrainian goods from other countries.” Medvedev also added that “from January 1, 2016 Ukraine will be circulated retaliatory economic measures in connection with its accession to the anti-Russian sanctions of the European Union and the United States.”

How many will lose Ukraine

Earlier, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has estimated the losses from the food embargo Russia $600 million.

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“We are preparing for the fact that Russia will impose trade restrictions against Ukraine. Ukraine held its estimate of potential losses on the embargo, at least for 2016. We lose about $600 million in exports to Russia”, – he said.

Meanwhile, the leader of the public movement “Ukrainian choice” Viktor Medvedchuk expressed the view that the prohibition of the export of goods to Russia means for Ukraine the billions of dollars and tens of thousands of unemployed. “If the access of Ukrainian exports to Russia will be closed, it would mean not only billions of dollars of losses (experts say about $35 billion), but also tens of thousands of new unemployed in Ukraine. And despite the fact that unemployment in the country and so through the roof,” he wrote.

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The politician stressed that the $600 million loss, which said Yatsenyuk, is the only direct financial losses from lower exports, and even then not fully.

We add that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Kiev is ready to abolish free trade with Russia for the sake of a free trade zone with the EU. “A year of negotiations have shown that Russia is not aimed at achieving agreement and to veto integration of Ukraine”, – said Poroshenko. “Ukraine was aware of this decision (Russia) and will suffer a loss to its economy. We are willing to pay this price for the introduction of free trade regime with the EU, which cannot be deferred”.