"The flow of Ukrainian goods to Russia has resumed. They pass the Russian customs without difficulty," Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said at the Cabinet's regular Wednesday meeting.
As reported, deliveries of Ukrainian commodities to Russia had been stalled since last Wednesday, when the Russian Customs introduced additional checks at the border. As a result, Ukrainian producers and exporters have sustained huge losses. On Tuesday, the European Union issued a statement demanding that Russia lift the discriminatory restrictions on Ukrainian imports which it unilaterally imposed to deter Ukraine from establishing close economic ties with the EU. EU Trade Commissioner John Clancy said that Brussels called into question the grounds for imposing the trade restrictions and that any economic threats from Russia against Ukraine connected with the possible signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement was "inadmissible". John Clancy said that the trade dispute between Ukraine and Russia was fraught with serious consequences and that it should be settled as soon as possible and in the spirit of their WTO membership commitments.