President: One should not contradistinguish European integration and cooperation with other associations

15:53, 12 September 2013
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One should not contradistinguish European integration and cooperation with other associations, particularly the Customs Union, according to the Press office of President Viktor Yanukovych.

It was stated by the President in the course of his conversation with the staff of Lutsk Overhaul Factory “Motor”.

Viktor Yanukovych emphasized that Ukraine had signed the Memorandum on Cooperation with the Customs Union. According to him, study of documents of the given association is in process.

“We must consider these provisions at the level of our experts and our Government. If they meet our national interests and do not contradict with our international obligations, we will accede to them, make out respective documents and submit them for consideration. If they are approved, we will go through the given procedures in all 4 countries,” the Head of State said.

Speaking of the preparation to the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU, Viktor Yanukovych stressed: “There are no issues that we can’t solve. We are about to finish soon”.

According to him, the Agreement had already been initialed by the two parties at the level of experts. “Now, we are talking about the signing and then – the ratification by 28 countries of the EU and by Ukraine in the parliaments. Then the agreement will enter into force,” the Head of State noted.

The President reminded that Ukraine had been moving towards European integration for more than 10 years already and it had become much closer to the European standards during that time, particularly in the field of legislation.

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