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 Customs Union is Scaring Ukraine: Undecided Countries are Doomed

Ukraine and the Customs Union are already cooperating under a 3 +1 formula.

Chairman of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECE) - a supranational body of the Customs Union, Viktor Khristenko, stated today in Moscow, reports UNIAN.

"Everyone in the puts his own sense in 3 +1. For me the realization of the 3 +1 formula today is what makes the Commission is doing together with Ukraine," said Viktor Khristenko.

The Chairman of the ECE Board recalled that in September this year, according to the results of his talks with Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov two documents that define the system dialogue on trade and technical regulation were signed.

According to Khristenko the corresponding Ministers of Ukraine and the ECE are already discuss the entire agenda on these issues in order to prevent trade conflicts and to create conditions for the liberalization of trade relations.

Replying to a question, the signing of which agreements between Ukraine and the Customs Union should be expected, Khristenko said: "Of course, it is better to ask the government of Ukraine about this, what is Viktor Yanukovych is preparing for in terms of signing the documents." Khristenko said that in 2004 a slightly different form of cooperation under a 3+1 was planned.

According to him, then from the entire package of agreements that include dozens of contracts, the Ukrainian authorities wanted to join only 15.

"Sweet berry we eat together, bitter berries I eat alone," he said using a proverb. At that, Khristenko said that since 2004 a long time has passed, and during this time a lot has changed. According to him, the most important thing is that after a long discussion a national structure was created which differently formulates opportunities and rules.

Khristenko said that to join the Customs Union can be done in accordance with a certain procedure, and this is the way that Kyrgyzstan is doing it. Khristenko stressed that Ukraine will eventually have to be decide whether it will be the Customs Union or the European Union.

"An undecided country is doomed to high risks in the world today," he stressed.

On December 13, President Viktor Yanukovych said that Ukraine would "gradually join the rules of the Customs Union."

 
 
 
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