"Russia’s objective was to prevent Ukraine from
joining the common economic space of the European Union on January 1, 2016. It
has nothing in common with the economy. It is just geopolitics," emphasised Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk during a press conference on Tuesday,
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the current year saw 16 rounds of
trilateral consultations at the level of the European Union - Ukraine - Russian
Federation as to technical modalities of implementation of the agreement on a
free trade area between Ukraine and the EU: "Both Ukraine and the European
Union will carry out the agreement on a free trade area, how we will implement
this agreement, and whether there are any risks for the Russian Federation."
He pointed out that these 16 rounds of consultation
"showed quite clear that there are no economic prerequisites for Russia
even to raise the issue of any risks for the Russian economy."
"I would like once again to state that from 1
January the FTA fully takes effect and Ukraine becomes part of the world's
largest market. This is additional opportunities for Ukrainian and for the
European economy," highlighted the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister also stressed that the Government
together with MPs and European partners "was actively working to make the European
Commission give a positive report on granting a visa-free regime to Ukraine."
"All the hard work and political debate that
lasted quite a long time within the walls of Ukrainian Parliament and
Government, ended successfully. The European Commission has acknowledged that
Ukraine meets all the criteria for a visa-free regime," he stressed.
"Now we need, on the one hand, the implementation
of adopted legislation, on the other - the adoption of a legal decision by the
European Union on granting a visa-free regime to Ukraine," said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.