Russia wants to propose amendments to the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, that to be signed September 15-18, Vedomosti cited Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev as saying.
In turn Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin wrote on his Twitter "We are not going to change the text of the agreement", adding “Russian officials' wishes "should not be taken for reality".
There are three points in the association agreement that Russia wants to see amended.
First, Russia wants Ukraine's duties on European goods be lowered more gradually than prescribed under the current deal, the official said.
Second, Russia is concerned that the EU's tougher technical regulations could block Russian goods' access to Ukraine altogether, cutting off a market for Russian producers. And finally, Russia wants assurances that Russian and European phytosanitary requirements would either be unified or mutually recognized within Ukraine.
To recall, decision of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to suspend the signing of the EU Agreement led to Euromaidan revolution and Yanukovych’s ousting in February.