The EU will stop negotiations with Russia on the EU-Ukraine Free Trade Area (FTA) if the Kremlin implements trade restrictions against Ukraine in January. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström wrote this in her letter to Ukraine’s Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.
The copy of the letter was scanned and published at eurointegration.com.ua.
The EU Trade Commissioner stated that Russia’s demands regarding the EU-Ukraine FTA, which were voiced out during the December 21 trilateral ministerial meeting were unacceptable and non-constructive. She also condemned Moscow’s plans to limit free trade with Ukraine.
“Let me be completely clear on this: should the Russian Federation suspend the CIS FTA as envisaged, it will not be possible to reach an agreed outcome or continue this trilateral process.
From my side, I can only confirm that the EU will stand with Ukraine and will be ready to continue supporting the DCFTA implementation and the reform process linked to it”, Malmström wrote.