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02.07.09 | breaking news

With the continuing free trade negotiations with the EU, the 7th round of which is currently being held in Kyiv, the resounding statement made by Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine José Manuel Pinto Teixeira, alleging that the Ukrainian side supposedly procrastinates the submission of its tariff proposals on a number of so called “sensitive products” to its European partners, has compelled the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reply publicly.

“I am surprised by the inadequate, hasty statement that was voiced yesterday by the Ambassador of the European Commission to Ukraine,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Yeliseyev said in a commentary to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

All the proposals had been handed over by the Ukrainian side to the European colleagues; on the contrary, the delegation of the European Union refuses to discuss the tariff proposals during the current round of the negotiations. “In other words, everything is opposite,” K. Yeliseyev noted.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs considers the Ambassador’s statement as “a banal political pressure on Ukraine,” aimed to force the country to agree to accept the EU’s proposals without question.

In view of the fact that yesterday a similar statement was made by the Ambassador of Sweden, which has just taken over the presidency in the EU, it seems that the Deputy Minister is quite right and what is at issue here is the coordinated pressure.

At the same time, K. Yeliseyev has noted that the Ukrainian side considers such a pressure from the EU’s side at ease and that it will be continuing its actions aimed at the protection of national interests, in particular in regard to national producers, who have to gain “a real access to the markets of the EU.” Otherwise, “all statements of the EU about the economic integration will remain only an abstraction,” K. Yeliseyev said.

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