The decision fixing the intention of Ukraine to participate in the processes of Eurasian integration, was signed today. According to the Russian presidential adviser Sergei Glazyev, it eliminates the possibility of Ukraine’s joining the European Union.
The agreement also involves the participation of Ukraine as an observer in the work of the Eurasian Economic Union on January 1, 2015. Until that time, the representatives of this country will be able to participate in such bodies of the European Economic Area, as the Supreme European Economic Council, the European Economic Commission and the boards of the European Economic Commission.
The memorandum, which allows Ukraine to participate as an observer in the work of the Common Economic Space (it includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) and the Single Economic Commission will sign 31 May 2013. in Minsk at the level of heads of government, told reporters the first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.
Shuvalov said that the charter documents of the Customs Union and Common Economic Space does not provide for observer status. At the same time, he added that such a possibility can occur if the appropriate changes in these statutes.
"We welcome Ukraine‘s desire to return to the Eurasian integration process from which she dropped out after the" Orange Revolution "- said after the talks adviser to the president of Russia and the Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Economic Community Sergey eyes. Benefits neighbors he estimated at $ 9 billion annually. According to him, the participation in the union will add to the 15% of Ukraine’s GDP by 2030. "For the Ukrainian public is important to realize that participation in the customs union eliminates the European Union", — explained the eye. Observer status in the Eurasian Economic Union, he said, is given only to those countries that claim to membership in it.