No country, including Russia, can prevent Ukraine-EU FTZ on Jan 1, 2016: Yatsenyuk

18:50, 22 October 2015
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Nobody has the right to prevent the Free Trade Zone agreement between Ukraine and the European Union from entering into force on January 1, 2016, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a Kyiv briefing on Thursday.

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"The agreement on a free trade zone between Ukraine and the EU, which should enter into force on  January 1 next year... No third country should have the right to influence the validity of this agreement, I'm talking primarily about the Russian Federation," he said Prime.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine and the EU signed the political part of the Association Agreement on March 21, 2014, while the economic part was sealed in the end of June 2014, after the presidential elections. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed an Association Agreement with the EU in its entirety.

Read alsoUkraine lodges first claim against Russia with WTOIt was initially assumed that the free trade regime between Ukraine and the EU will take effect from October 2014. However, in September 2014, after consultations in Brussels of the representatives of the European Commission, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, the parties have agreed to postpone the introduction of the provisions of the Agreement until December 31, 2015. At the same time the EU imposed unilateral preferences on Ukrainian exports. At the same time the European goods continue to be subject to duties in Ukraine.

Russia has repeatedly stated that if the Agreement on free trade zone enters into force, Moscow will be forced to impose an embargo on imports of Ukrainian products. At the same time Ukraine does not consider this emargo as a serious threat. In particular, according to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, the share of food products exported from Ukraine to Russia fell down to 2% of the total volume of the Ukrainian food exports.

Read alsoUkraine ready for Russian food embargo - YatsenyukAt the beginning of September tripartite consultations at ministerial level were held in Brussels between Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission to address the possible negative consequences of the implementation of the FTZ Agreement. However, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, the talks were "inconclusive." According to him, the only meeting saw only one agreement – on the  continuation of expert consultations and a "common desire to develop practical recommendations in the context of a possible strengthening of practical cooperation" in three areas: customs administration, technical barriers to trade, and phytosanitary barriers.

Earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the agreement on the free trade zone with the EU will come into force from 1 January 2016 in any case, despite Russian embargo of Ukrainian products.

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