“The European Union considers the association with Ukraine as a tool of its “democratization.”
Does Kiev understand that the final goal of the “association” is ousting [President] Yanukovych?” Alexei Pushkov, who heads the international affairs committee of the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, said on Twitter.
Ukraine plans to sign the EU deal, which includes a free-trade agreement, in late November.
Moscow has warned Kiev that it might have to take protective measures to prevent the re-exportation of European goods from Ukraine to Russia.
Russia and Ukraine have had a series of politically driven commercial spats since the fall of the Soviet Union, and the Kremlin is currently pushing for Ukraine to join a Moscow-led Customs Union with Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
Source: RIA Novosti