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Ukraine entry to Customs Union impossible: Putin

Ukraine entry to Customs Union impossible: Putin

MINSK: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Ukraine entry to Customs Union is impossible after signing association accord with EU.

Russia is neither ‘for’ nor ‘against’ Ukraine’s signing association agreement with EU, its Ukraine’s sovereign right, Vladimir Putin added.

The Customs Union presidents have agreed to move to the scrapping of exemptions from the rules of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space, Vladimir Putin said.

“The leaders of the ‘troika’ agreed to move to the full elimination of existing exemptions and exclusions from the common regime of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space,” Putin said at a news conference in the wake of a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Minsk.

This means that all remaining barriers on the way to free exchange of goods, services, capital, technologies and labour will be lifted, he said.