Russia’s three demands to amend the Association Agreement 



2014/08/28 • Political News

Russia proposes three key amendments to the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, reports Vedomosti citing a Russian government official.

First, it is offered to reexamine the parameters and periods of time given to lower taxes on EU goods in Ukraine. According to Vedomosti’s informant, they should be lowered gradually, Russia is concerned with the taxes on goods that constitute $4 billion out of $16 billion of the entire goods circulation volume.

Second, technical regulation has to be change, as technical rules of the EU are “much stricter.” Russia thinks that this will result in Russian goods being unable to access the Ukrainian market. It should be noted that the EU has stated numerous times that this fear is mostly fueled by myth.

Third, according to the Russian Federation, unification or mutual acknowledgment of phytosanitary norms are necessary: Russia has three forms of certification, the EU has one.

“An interim period” might be needed to sold the second and third issues, thinks the federal official.

Essentially, the execution of Russia’s proposals will mean not only a full reexamination of the Association Agreement in the free trade section, but also the reexamination of the EU’s rules on internal trade.

According to EuroPravda, the European Union denies the possibility of the trilateral Ukraine-Russia-EU consultations touching on the reexamination of the Association Agreement or any of its component.

Ukraine also rejected any amendments to the Agreement.


Source: EuroIntegration

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina

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  • Arctic_Slicer

    Russia, give it up; the agreement has been signed and will be implemented and unchanged.

  • Brent

    Who is signing this agreement anyway? Ukraine or Russia? Those katsap sure like to meddle in the affairs of other countries but are sure quick to whine about ‘victims’ of other country’s policies.

    Here is a condition that Ukraine should demand. The next time Russians are stupid enough to vote in a meglomaniac lying neo-Nazi supporting midget leader with delusions of grandeur of recreating the Soviet Empire, his takeover should be phased in over a period of 20 years.

    • tga999

      Putin’s one of those guys who puts up a big front, but ends up spending all his time whining about how life is so unfair to him.

  • evanlarkspur

    We must freeze all of Russia’s assets abroad and impose sectoral sanctions now. Today. We must send real weapons and advisors to Ukraine as the bare minimum to even remotely fulfill our agreement under the Budapest memorandum.

  • Edison

    The Russian proposal is so bizarre, it should be published in “The Onion”.

  • r. dimitryous

    EU parliament is now in Russia. This is the bad news of the day. If, by chance, I meet the “lapin-crétin” VP, I offer him a one way ticket to Vladivostock.

  • r. dimitryous

    Airbus and Boeing: we are from now on not delivering any spares parts to russian airlines or enterprises from russia. Within 3 months all blocked.

  • Prosper Freedom

    I would say if Putin would immediately pull his troops and support out of East Ukraine and do the deal contingent on his not returning.