“What is the difference between the Customs Union and a free trade
area with the EU? The Customs Union is a supranational organization,
which sets trading rules in a certain center. These rules are set by the
union’s board, not national agencies. A free trade area, is, in effect,
a negotiating process that address each group of commodities, which
means that it does not have any supranational dimension,” Kozhara said.
“In theory, it is possible to be members of both organizations. If
the Customs Union has an advanced trade area with the EU, in this case
Ukraine could be a member of the Customs Union. There are no
contradictions,” he said.
Former Ukrainian Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko, for his part,
said that accession to the Customs Union would be illegitimate.