The EU refuted six major myths based on Russian propaganda concerning the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The myths are as follows:
Myth 1: Russia can change CIS-FTA customs rules without having to hold consultations with all other CIS-FTA countries.
Myth 2: The EU demands that all goods sold on the Ukrainian market should comply with European technical standards. This excludes Russian products from the Ukrainian market.
Myth 3: The EU wants to force Russia to change customs rules set in the Free Trade Agreement of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS-FTA)
Myth 4: The EU obliges Russia to adopt the EU phytosanitary control system.
Myth 5: Russia's proposal to introduce a 'transition period of no more than ten years for a limited number of trade sectors' is not a problem.
Myth 6: Extensive data on prices and customs valuation for each and every single transaction on goods exported to Ukraine would be essential for Russia. The EU needs to provide it.
The detailed explanations on every of the six topics are featured in the factsheet published at the web page of the European Commission.
Previously, on December 21, the EU-Ukraine-Russia ministerial meeting on economy and trade issues took place in Brussels. The parties discussed the upcoming implementation of the Free Trade Area between Ukraine and the EU, which is expected on January 1, 2016 as foreseen by the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. After the meeting, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin claimed that consultations with Russia get “more and more surrealistic”, and the Agreement would be implemented on time regardless the Kremlin’s position.
December 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the suspension of the agreement on the free trade area with Ukraine. Later, Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on retaliatory measures against Ukraine, avenging Kyiv’s joining the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU and the USA.
The European Commission supports the implementation of the Free Trade Area between the EU and Ukraine in January 2016.
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