EU – Ukraine, problems for the free trade association agreement.

29 Dec 2010

Kyiv is not planning to speed up the drafting of an association agreement in terms of a free trade area under the conditions being set by the European Union and will continue to defend its interests, Head of Ukraine’s Mission to the EU Kostiantyn Yeliseyev has said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine. He also added that the Ukrainian side “is holding talks not for the sake of talks and not for the sake of the period ‘by the end of 2011,’ but for the sake of content.”
“Yes, there is a political directive to end the talks as soon as possible, but this should not be done at the expense of the quality of the agreement. The content of the agreement should not be the subject for compromise, and even the time frame cannot be an excuse in order to weaken our positions. I want the EU to understand this,” Yeliseyev said.
In this connection, he noted that “sometimes it’s better to hold talks a little longer, because it’s not difficult to sign the document.” “We can sign the agreement even today, but the Ukrainian side is not worried about the signing, it’s worried about how we will implement it. We’ll be unable to implement this agreement effectively and successfully under the conditions that are currently being set,” the Ukrainian diplomat said.

Interfax – Ukraine

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