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Opinion: Russia, Ukraine moving away from principle of either EU or Customs Union

January 14, 2014, 1:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 14, 1:00 /ITAR-TASS/. The agreements Russia and Ukraine signed in Moscow on December 17, 2013 show “the moving away from unequivocal stand on trends of economic integration between the two countries,” Yevgeny Primakov, president of the Mercury Club, Russian ex-premier, said on Monday at the New Year meeting of the club in Moscow.

Primakov said the cutting by a third of the price of Russian gas for Ukraine, the purchase of Ukrainian securities to 15 billion dollars and the development of cooperation ties in industry, particularly in aircraft construction and the space industry, show the moving away from the principle of “either Ukraine chooses the association agreement with the EU or joins the Customs Union.”

At the same time Primakov made a warning against interference in internal affairs of that country and attempts at overthrowing its leadership that, “despite a multitude of mistakes, is still the lawful power in Ukraine.

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