Ukraine hopes that Russia will fulfill the terms of the agreement on a free trade area (FTA) within the CIS, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis has said.
"We hope that the Russian side will abide by the tripartite agreement, in particular, on the conservation of the current trade regime, as provided for by the CIS FTA agreement dated October 18, 2011," the official said at a briefing. He said that as a result of the agreement to postpone the implementation of the trade part of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine achieved in Brussels on September 12, 2014 the provisional application of the document would start on November 1, 2014. In this regard, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry perceived with disappointment the report that the Russian premier has signed a decree on the introduction of import duties on Ukrainian goods if Ukraine implements the provisions of the Association Agreement regarding the establishment of a deep and comprehensive free trade area. "We propose the Russian side, instead of wasting time and resources on monitoring the process of the adaptation of the Ukrainian legislation to EU laws, concentrate on solving the existing bilateral issues, in particular those related to the withdrawal of restrictive measures on imports from Ukraine that Russia has introduced over the last few months. This approach would fully correspond to the spirit of the agreements achieved in Brussels," Perebyinis said.