MOSCOW, October 10. /TASS/. Vladimir Dzhabarov, the first deputy chairman of the international committee of Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house, said on Friday he hoped the situation in Ukraine would change by the next summit of heads of state of the Commonwealth of Independent State (CIS) and the Ukrainian authorities would revise their decisions that are harming the Ukrainian people.
“I hope in a span of one year, by the next summit meeting, the situation in Ukraine would change and our Ukrainian friends would finally revise their decisions that are harmful for the entire Ukrainian people,” he said. He drew attention to the tough position on Ukraine voiced at the Friday summit of the CIS leaders in Ukraine by President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.
The situation, when Ukraine continues to use privileges of the free trade zone within the CIS while reducing its presence there “will not last long,” Dzhabarov noted. “If Ukraine’s association agreement with the European Union is ultimately realized, privileged customs taxes will be obviously cancelled and trade (between CIS countries and Ukraine) will be regulated by the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO),” he said, adding that a similar scenario was unfolding with Moldova.