Creation of new barriers in Ukraine-Russia trade and economic relations does not reflect the interests of either country, said Prime Minister Mykola Azarov at a government meeting on Wednesday.
"Ukraine sees its goal as increasing the volumes and quality of Ukraine-Russia economic relations under any circumstances. It's not in the interests of our nations to draw limiting lines," Azarov said. According to him, the main objective of relations between the two states should be an increase in bilateral trade. "This task was formulated during the last meeting between Presidents Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin," the head of the government said. The premier also reiterated that it was impossible to oppose Ukraine's cooperation with the Customs Union and Ukraine's steps aimed at signing the association agreement, including the creation of a free trade area, with the EU. "A free trade area between Ukraine and the EU envisages up to ten years of the transition period, during which it's possible to harmonize and adapt the regulatory framework and practice. Ukraine and Russia have a long experience of trade with the EU. Therefore, I am confident that the work on the convergence of positions can be successful," Azarov said.