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GORKI, September 9 (Itar-Tass) - Ukrainian associate membership with the European Union will bar its entry into a Customs Union with Russia, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting with deputy prime ministers here on Monday.
“I want that there will be no illusions on this issue,” Medvedev said. “The situation is quite clear that if a document for associate membership with the EU states is signed, entry into the Customs Union for our Ukrainian partners will be closed."
“I believe that everybody, including people who live in Ukraine, should understand this,” he added. “This is a key political choice, which the Ukrainian leadership is making today,” Medvedev noted.
Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov told colleagues that lawyers had finalised work on negotiations between government delegations of Russia and Ukraine.
“We have engaged jurists who are specialised in international relations, lawyers who work in the state authorities and independent lawyers to compare provisions laid out in an agreement on associate membership and a free trade zone between Ukraine and the European Union, and fundamental documents shaping the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space,” Shuvalov said.
“Current conclusions are definite that these provisions do not coincide. If Ukraine and the European Union sign an agreement and it takes effect, several commitments, basic for the Customs Union, cannot be applied to Ukraine,” he added.