Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has reiterated that Ukraine cannot combine its associated membership in the European Union with integration in the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.
During a meeting with the participants in the 15th General Assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies, he said such statements by the Ukrainian leadership on its readiness to ratify various agreements do not lead to anything but surprise. “All talks about the possibility of being here and there are just attempts to deceive their own people,” Medvedev said. “If Ukraine has chosen the European Union, we wish our Ukrainian friends the closest possible integration with it,” he said. “Let them make money for their national budget by their participation. We doubt that will bring big dividends. However, if they have made this choice, it's their decision. Their actions should be evaluated by the people of Ukraine,” Medvedev said.