Yanukovych: Ukraine won't join Customs Union

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April 27, 2010, 4:08 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Strasbourg, April 27 (Interfax) - Ukraine will not join the Customs Union being formed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, President Viktor Yanukovych said. "Ukraine's entry into the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan is not possible today, since the economic principles and the laws of the WTO do not allow it," Yanukovych told PACE members in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Ukraine, which is already a WTO member, "has integrated itself into this system and we develop our policy in accordance with WTO principles," he said.
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Anonymous April 27, 2010, 4:11 p.m.    

After he sold Ukraine for a loosy 100 million dollar per year does not matter anymore...

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Anonymous April 27, 2010, 5:16 p.m.    

Really what does it matter if Russia has a few boats on crimea anyway... Quit your bitching.

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Anonymous April 28, 2010, 4:25 p.m.    

The deal that Yanuk signed behind everybody's back is a skreaming TREASON. The Ukrainian &quot;president's&quot; words were: &quot;The fleet stay is essential for Russia&quot;. Where can you find another president working this hard for ANOTHER country?

After inflating gas prices for Ukraine a few months ago, Moscow has now graciously agreed to reduce them by 30 percent in exchange for Kiev’s agreement to extend the lease on the Black Sea Fleet base in Sevastopol through 2042. The Kremlin thereby resolved an important strategic problem. The increasingly unstable situation in the Caucasus and Russia’s war with Georgia in 2008 have given the Black Sea Fleet a new meaning. It gives Russia the ability to deploy its forces rapidly into a region where crises are most likely to develop. In addition, the Kremlin believes that keeping the Black Sea Fleet in the Crimea symbolizes Russia’s continuing influence over Ukraine.

Now Moscow has a deeply vested interest in seeing that Yanukovych or another member of the Party of the Regions remains in power right up through 2042.

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