The MAYOR: the EU took no action on the FTA with Ukraine, as provided by “Minsk-2”

The MAYOR: the EU took no action on the FTA with Ukraine, as provided by “Minsk-2”


In the Minsk agreements stipulates the need for steps to ease Russian concerns about Ukraine’s Association agreement with the EU, but nothing in this direction was not done, stated the Deputy head of the Ministry of economic development Alexey Likhachev.

MOSCOW, 22 Dec. Practical steps to remove concerns of the Russian Federation in connection with the Association with Kiev, as indicated in the Minsk agreements, the EU has not taken, has declared to journalists the Deputy head of the Ministry of economic development Alexey Likhachev.

Of 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.

European Commissioner for trade Cecilia malmström after the Ministerial meeting in Brussels on Monday said that the introduction of customs duties by Russia against Ukraine concedes including the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine.

“The Minsk agreements spelled out in black and white that should be taken practical steps to ease Russian concerns. A single practical step to ease Russian concerns about these for a year and a half has not been undertaken,” said Likhachev, answering the question, contrary to the Minsk agreements, Russia’s introduction of export duties in Ukraine.

“Dramatically increased the flow of invalid certificates of the country of origin from Ukraine… And the competent authorities of Ukraine confirmed that they are not valid,” — said Likhachev.

In the joint Declaration of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in support of Complex of measures on implementation of the Minsk agreements adopted on 12 February 2015, said that leaders “support the trilateral negotiations between the European Union, Ukraine and Russia in order to develop practical solutions to issues of concern to Russia in connection with the implementation of the Agreement on deep and comprehensive free trade area between Ukraine and the European Union”.