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Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev and European Commissioners discussions focus on EU-Russia trade relations

04.03.15

Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Alexey Ulyukaev and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström have met in Brussels to discuss EU-Russia trade relations. During this meeting, requested by Minister Ulyukaev at the end of 2014, discussions focused on developments in multilateral trade agenda, bilateral trade relations including WTO commitments and concerns expressed by Russia in relation to the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area of the Association Agreement (AA/DCFTA) were also discussed along the possible resumption of trilateral talks in order to achieve practical solutions to these concerns.

Also head of Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has met with Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Johannes Hanh.

"It seems to me it was a good start," the minister added commenting on negotiations held with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Johannes Hanh. The agenda for talks with the trade commissioner was especially difficult. The parties particularly discussed WTO problems, Ulyukaev said.

As regards the trilateral agenda of Russia, Ukraine and the European Union Minister Ulyukaev reported about discussions concerns Russia has in respect of certain provisions in the EU-Ukraine association agreement.

Russia is concerned of the trade and economic section of the Agreement, technical regulations and requirements of veterinary and phytosanitary supervision, Ulyukaev said.

European partners "confirmed they understand our concerns," the minister added.

Russia will have to protect its market if no changes take place in the implementation process of the EU-Ukraine association agreement, Russian Minister of Economic Development went on to say.

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