Presidential administration official: Ukraine not to join customs union

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March 1, 2010, 12:06 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
First deputy head of the presidential administration Iryna Akimova has said that Ukraine does not intend to join the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus in the near future. "Since the customs union contradicts and will greatly complicate Ukraine's membership in the WTO, this matter cannot be raised today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, it is absolutely out of question," she said on the Inter TV channel.

At the same time, Akimova said that Ukraine will build its customs policy so as to help other CIS countries - not members of the WTO – to join the tripartite customs union.
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