The next trilateral consultations between Ukraine, the European Union, and Russia concerning the establishment of a Ukrainian-EU free trade area are planned for Sept., Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin states.
"The next consultations will be held at a ministerial level in September," Klimkin said.
He also mentioned that he had informed his Belarusian counterpart of consultations with the European Commission and Russia regarding Russia's claim that the implementation of the Ukrainian-EU association agreement would have a negative effect on Russian businesses.
Klimkin also said that the ministerial consultations scheduled for September would have to be held "with an approach towards how cooperation in various formats should be arranged."
The participants in the EU-Russia-Ukraine ministerial negotiations on May 18 reaffirmed their commitment to the development of trade in the region as a way to secure inclusive economic growth, agreed to step up their efforts, and instructed their experts to complete practical resolution of the problems raised by Russia, in particular, in customs cooperation, technical barriers in trade, and sanitary and phytosanitary issues, the document reads. The experts were instructed to report the results of their work not later than July.
Trilateral technical consultations at an expert level were held on June 4-5 and July 7-8 to discuss technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary problems, and customs cooperation.Russia has repeatedly claimed that the agreement's implementation by Ukraine would jeopardize Russian producers, especially as it concerns technical regulations and sanitary, phytosanitary, and veterinary control.
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