determine how it wants to develop its economy. We have come to a determination. The Ukrainian
economy will meet European standards, and consequently the FTA will enter into
force," Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasised at a
briefing following the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin
on Friday, 23 October.
He stressed that since
January 2016 the Agreement on the free trade area between Ukraine and the EU
will come into force, "Russia, like any other country, has no veto on our
bilateral relations with the European Union."
agreement is aimed at developing economic relations between Ukraine and the
European Union and is not related to our relations with Russia. We
have the multilateral agreement on the free trade area between Ukraine and the
CIS, where Russia also participates, but Russia does not fulfill this agreement,"
stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The Head of
Government has pointed out that it was held "seven rounds of
consultations, both political and technical – as to the implementation of the Agreement
on the free trade area": "We have not heard from Russia any reasoned
discussion about what's so scary for the Russian economy."
He has also highlighted
that Ukraine is getting rid of dependence on the Russian markets,
"Previously, we were completely dependent on the Russian markets, today -
only at 12%."