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Pushkov: EU hasn't any special leverage over Kiev

November 28, 2013, 10:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“Brussels understands perfectly that a tough ultimatum to Kiev will bring nothing and the talks should be continued,” Chairman of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs noted
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MOSCOW, November 28. /ITAR-TASS/. The European Union does not have any special leverage of influence over Ukraine, Chairman of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs Alexei Pushkov said in an interview with Izvestia daily commenting on the situation over the signing of an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

“Brussels understands perfectly that a tough ultimatum to Kiev will bring nothing and the talks should be continued,” he noted. “The European Union does not have special leverages of influence on Ukraine. The guidelines in the relations that Brussels proposed to Kiev do not suit the Ukrainian leadership. This is clear why it is so. The EU has not explained yet, for instance, where the monetary funds for modernization promised to allocate to Ukraine will be taken. Or how the Europeans intend to compensate for the losses, which Ukrainian producers will sustain from the loss of the free access on Russian market,” Pushkov added.

The Russian lawmaker believes that the EU pursues the goal “to gain access on Ukrainian market and give associate membership to a big country.” “This will allow improving its image after the economical crisis, which undermined strongly its reputation. Therefore, they are taking very painfully a possible disruption of the signing of an association agreement, as it was contemplated as a major political operation to revive the EU,” he added.

Pushkov sees military aspect in Brussels’ policy. “NATO says in official documents that the alliance intends to admit Ukraine in it. So, the point is to ensure the existence of the European Union and prepare some former Soviet republics to accession in NATO at the same time,” he said.

Meanwhile, the position of European politicians that Russia will only win from Ukraine’s accession in the EU is “nothing but demagogy.” “The European leadership is concerned over Russia’s interests in the least,” Pushkov said with confidence.

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