with RT – RIA Novosti / 2013 11 23 /
Putin victorious as Ukraine postpones ‘trade suicide’, halts talks with EU …
Facing its most important economic crossroads since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kiev has aligned itself closer to Russia, and has suspended preparations to sign an EU trade deal.
Ukraine will “restore an active dialogue” with the Customs Union and the CIS. Economic and foreign ministers have proposed that Ukraine, Russia, and the EU create a three-way commission to improve and strengthen trade relations.
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Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia welcomed Ukraine’s desire to actively develop ties with Moscow, and Putin added he wasn’t completely against Ukraine’s association with EU. Putin said he supports the idea of pan-european trilateral trade talks, but only up until Ukraine signs an association agreement with the EU.
“We favor this, but only before decisions are made. How can we hold negotiations on issues that have already been agreed upon and endorsed? What is our role in such negotiations? It’s equal to zero, but we are surely prepared for such a discussion if it is substantial,” Putin said Thursday in Moscow.
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