The European Parliament believes that the current behaviour of Russia against Ukraine in the field of trade does not correspond with the norms of international law and is unacceptable.
This was stated by head of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok (Germany) following a special committee meeting on the situation in Ukraine held in Brussels on Wednesday. He said that the position of Russia regarding energy prices and customs policy aims at forcing Ukraine not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union in November at the summit of "Eastern Partnership" in Vilnius. However, signing of the Association Agreement with the EU is a matter of Kyiv, not Moscow or Brussels. Therefore, such behaviour of Russia is unacceptable," stressed Elmar Brok. Brok added that the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs at its Wednesday session called on the European Commission and the EU Member States to clearly define its position on the actions of Russia in current situation with Ukraine, in particular, at the G20 summit, which will be held next week in St. Petersburg. In addition, Brok informed that the European Parliament is also planning to adopt a resolution that would express its own position on trade relations between Ukraine and Russia.