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Duma to respond to EU Parliament resolution accusing Russia of putting pressure on Ukraine

September 19, 2013, 12:02 UTC+3

On Thursday, Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin confirmed that a draft statement was underway

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MOSCOW, September 19 (Itar-Tass) - The State Duma lower house of parliament intends to make a statement in response to the resolution of the European Parliament of September 12, 2013, which “for no reason accused” Russia of putting pressure on Ukraine in connection with its plans to join the European free trade zone.

“The Duma Council believes such accusations are at variance with aims of a further development of good-neighborly and mutually advantageous relations between Russia and the European Union and are nothing else but an attempt to unfairly shift responsibility,” a draft statement Itar-Tass has obtained says. “It is becoming increasingly evident of late that it is European politicians who force the official Kiev to cede some of Ukraine’s sovereignty and put its trade and economic ties under the jurisdiction of Brussels, through a direct political pressure and an open ‘arm-twisting,’ including on issues of Ukraine’s domestic policy,” it marks.

The leadership of the lower house reminds that “a draft association agreement with the EU envisages a drastic change in the whole system of trade and economic management of Ukraine, its giving up sovereign powers in the sphere of customs and trade policy, sanitary, veterinary and phytosanitary control, technical regulation”.

“At the same time Kiev will have to adapt its legislation to EU patterns without any right to influence the process of decision making in vitally important for its own economy sectors,” the draft document stresses.

“Russia expresses logical concern over the possible losses for our relations with Ukraine from the course towards the so-called association with the European Union, and to be more exact practical subordination of Ukraine’s economic policy to the European Union,” it said. In case of this association with the EU, Ukraine, which will inevitably lose part of its independence, will find it much more difficult to build productive economic partnership with Russia and other countries of the Customs Union, as well as participate in a further Eurasian integration process,” the Duma believes.

On Thursday, Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin confirmed that a draft statement was underway, which is “not on Ukraine, but on the document passed by the European Parliament”. “We will most likely discuss it tomorrow,” he said.

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