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Putin said about the damage to the Ukrainian economy because of the Association with the EU

Путин заявил об ущербе украинской экономике из-за ассоциации с ЕС

According to the Russian President, the supply of Ukrainian products to the EU fell by 23%, in Russia — 50%. Putin believes that the effect of Association with the EU “did not meet expectations.”

The Ukrainian people from the Association with the European Union only lost, and businesses have supply constraints in the EU, have lost access to the Russian market, with the promised visa-free regime does not give free access to the European labor market for Ukrainians, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

“And what happened next (after Association)? The EU opened its borders to Ukraine. This nullified the tariffs for Ukrainian products. But the supply of Ukrainian products to the EU fell by 23%, in Russia — 50%. The effect has not met expectations and they’ve lost access to the Russian market. The supply of Ukrainian agricultural products, which previously has been successfully exported to Western Europe, restricted by quotas. And these quotas was introduced by the Europeans. They inflicted damage from the first months of the signing of the agreement,” Putin said in an interview with the American journalist Oliver stone..

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This part of the conversation with Vladimir Putin dated may 2016.

“Ukraine is now fighting for visa-free regime for their citizens. But why they do it. They will not be able to obtain free access to the labour market outside the country. But people are again cheating, because even if “bezviz” would be to work there, they will not” — said the President.

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11 June 2017, citizens of Ukraine are without visas to travel to Schengen countries with biometric passport. Free access to 90 days within half a year Ukrainians are in tourist, business and family purposes, but the right to work or study, such a regime does not. The European Union can suspend the visa-free regime with Ukraine in case of problems with migration and security.

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