Kiev Seeks To Kickstart Free Trade Zone Talks With EU

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine will soon put forward its proposals on how to kickstart stalled free trade zone talks with the European Union, which came to a halt this summer, the country's Deputy Premier Serhiy Tihipko said on Tuesday.

Deputy Premier Serhiy Tihipko

"I'm convinced that we would put forward interesting proposals on how to practically unblock the free trade zone negotiations. We already have such proposals," Tigipko said.

Talks on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, to include a free trade zone deal, stalled in mid-June.

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov then cited a dispute over agricultural issues as a main obstacle.

Experts say, however, that Brussels is seeking an unequal deal which would give it full access to the Ukrainian market while retaining an opportunity to take protective measures for domestic markets.

Ukraine insists both sides should be given equal privileges.

Source: RIA Novosti