MAYOR: Russia has never imposed economic sanctions against Ukraine

MAYOR: Russia has never imposed economic sanctions against Ukraine

MOSCOW, December 25. Talking about the introduction of Ukraine’s counter-sanctions can not go, because Russia has never imposed economic sanctions against Ukraine. This statement was made first Deputy Minister of economic development Alexey Likhachev.

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“This country has enjoyed preferential treatment even when joined Western sanctions against Russia. Now, when entered into force the agreement between the EU and Ukraine, Russia has moved in the trade and economic relations with Ukraine in the WTO regime, which called for another MFN, i.e. no restrictions, normal business relations, but without additional preferences”, – said Likhachev.

Overall, trade between the two countries has fallen by 70% in comparison with 2011, when there was the greatest volumes. The trade balance, if you remove a gas component, has always been in favor of Ukraine”, – said Likhachev.

Glad the law on sanctions against Russia

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As previously reported, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine provided the government of the country against Russia, having passed the corresponding law.

The document envisages that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine may take “additional measures” in case of “discriminatory or unfriendly actions on the part of the state, the Verkhovna Rada recognized as an aggressor”. In particular, the government will be in a position to impose “a ban on foreign trade restrictions, or limitations”, and also to cancel tariff preferences.


Russia from January 1, 2016 suspends the operation of the Treaty on free trade zone (FTZ) in respect of Ukraine and introduced an embargo on food products.

The Minister of economic development Alexey Ulyukaev reported that the embargo against Ukraine will be the same as in the case of the EU.

According to Kiev, the protection Moscow to ban exports of Ukrainian goods to Russia will cause Ukraine harm in the amount of $600 million in 2016, but experts say the multibillion-dollar losses.

According to Ulyukayev, Russia will not lose anything from the introduction of predamage.