KyivPost

Putin: Russia, Customs Union partners not forcing anyone to join

Print version
July 13, 2012, 8:24 a.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

Russia and its partners in the Customs Union (CU) will not force other countries, including Ukraine, to join the CU, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a press conference after his meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych.
© AP

YALTA - Russia and its partners in the Customs Union (CU) will not force other countries, including Ukraine, to join the CU, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a press conference after his meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych.

"Russia and other partners will by no means impose Customs Union membership on anyone," he said, adding that any country must weigh both pros and cons before such a move. He cited Belarus whose GDP had grown by 16% at the moment of CU accession.

At the same time, Putin said that it is very difficult to introduce any change in trade relations within the framework of such integration structures as, for example, the EU common market or the Customs Union. "Thus, for example, the process of integration that is under way in the European Union takes years, documents are drawn up and agreed with all members. It is very difficult to change them for a new member, as an approval from every member is needed," he said.

Putin also stressed that Russia and Ukraine continue active cooperation in the development of the bilateral relations.

The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
comments powered by Disqus

KyivPost

© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.