As reported by Censor.NET citing government portal, the PM said this during his '10 minutes with Prime Minister' address.
"As it was expected, Russia is punishing our European choice with trade sanctions against Ukrainian goods. But we will cope with this and respond properly to the Kremlin. Our answer will be similar to that given after Russia's refusal to restructure $3.5 billion of the so-called Russian debt which was nothing but a political bribe to the Moscow's puppet ruling in Ukraine," he stressed.
"This bribe was intended to ensure that Ukraine had neither a visa-free regime nor the free trade zone with the EU. That is why the government has imposed a moratorium and halted the payment of this debt in favor of the aggressor state. By the way, this amount is almost equal to our expenditures on national security and defense in 2016," the prime minister said.
Yatseniuk also reminded that the trade zone with the European Union would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016: "We are becoming a part of the world's largest market - the market of the European Union."