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Senior Duma deputy warns Ukraine of ‘semicolonial dependence’ behind EU deal

Published time: September 20, 2013 12:42
Aleksei Pushkov, chairman, the Duma committee on international affairs (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Fedorenko)

Aleksei Pushkov, chairman, the Duma committee on international affairs (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Fedorenko)

Signing an association agreement with the European Union would deprive Ukraine of the opportunity to cooperate with the Russia-led economic bloc Customs Union, said the head of the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee.

This agreement is naturally contradicting the perspective of Ukraine’s participation in the Customs Union because there are paragraphs in the association agreement that practically rule out the possibility for Ukraine to cooperate with the Customs Union member countries,” Aleksey Pushkov said at the Friday session of the Russian Lower House.

The Customs Union is a free trade organization started in 2010. It currently Unites Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, but there are plans to include more countries that once were parts of the former Soviet Union.

Pushkov was presenting the draft resolution made in reply to the European Parliament’s statement that had accused Russia of applying pressure on a number of countries, including Ukraine, over their plans to broaden cooperation with the European Union.

The Russian MP said the Ukraine-EU agreement would create a single-sided dependence of Ukraine on the EU as Ukraine will not be able to influence the development of EU directives, but would nevertheless automatically accept them as obligations.

No one offers Ukraine to become a EU member, it is an attempt to tie this country to the European Union for a small price and with little effort, to make this country into an economic appendix. Ukraine is going to lose very seriously from these agreements,” Pushkov explained.

We are practically talking here about establishing a semi-colonial dependence,” the parliamentarian emphasized.

A day earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at the Valdai Club international political forum and said Moscow would have to protect its markets in case Ukraine enters an association agreement with the EU. The Russian leader also said that Ukraine’s membership of the Customs Union would give Kiev better leverage in its talks with Europe.

Earlier this week the Ukrainian government approved the draft association agreement with the EU which is expected to be formally signed at the EU Summit in Lithuania in November.

Comments (40)

 

tony balliviero 01.04.2014 13:37

So Russia got Crimea and the west got Ukraine. How is this a victory for Putin again?

 

gfsdyughjgd 16.03.2014 09:34

Ukraine citizens wake up against the USA and Nato their will pump in good in order to set up air defence misile in Ukrain and if your government refuses their will freeze the imports and easily sanction your country.Then you leaders will be left with no option but to give in.With Russia you still enjoy freedom which the USA and Nato wants to destroy.Their are sending spies to Africa and calling them voluntaries.Voluntar ies for what while unemployment rates are sky rocketing.This is because of our mineral resources and raw materials.

 

Penelope 09.03.2014 16:41

Listen to Kerry a one sided peace deal, only his way deal, look at Obama , his insane build up of USA military , to be used if it goes not his way. USA excuses not real, it's word power, to create illusions. Obama ur extreme hate for Slavic Russia is showing. Russia , can't he see only care for his people. No aim to hurt USA or my Poland etc. paranoia no just obeying USA , Ukraine will be a stepping stone only to Russia

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