Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU Ukraine DCFTA vs Eurasian customs union: flexibilities on technical standards implementation in sight
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU Ukraine DCFTA vs Eurasian customs union: flexibilities on technical standards implementation in sight

[sh_light_text ]During a summit in Minsk this week German Chancellor Angela Merkel provoked an outcry when she told Russian President Vladimir Putin that she wouldn’t raise objections if Ukraine decided to join the Eurasian Union, the regional economic and political project championed by Moscow. Commentators in Europe have seen this …

Column: 10 headline figures – EU-Russia economics and trade this summer
Trade defence Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Column: 10 headline figures – EU-Russia economics and trade this summer

By Iana Dreyer   This has been a sad summer for Europe. The fact that holiday pleasures for those who enjoyed some were dampened by bad weather turns out to be a minor inconvenience in a season overshadowed by the crisis in Ukraine, the political unravellings in the Middle East, and bad news for the economy in Eurozone’s core economies, including …

Comment: Not going ballistic – Why Russia won’t start a trade war with Ukraine this time round
Non classé Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Comment: Not going ballistic – Why Russia won’t start a trade war with Ukraine this time round

[sh_light_text ]High-level officials from the European Union (EU), Ukraine and Russia are holding a ‘trilateral’ meeting in Brussels today. They plan to address Russia’s commercial concerns about the impact the free trade deal (DCFTA) Brussels and Kiev signed in late June might have on its trade with Ukraine. Ukraine and …

EU ban on Crimean goods ahead of free trade accord won’t crimp Ukrainian exports
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU ban on Crimean goods ahead of free trade accord won’t crimp Ukrainian exports

[sh_light_text ]The European Union’s (EU) Council decision on Monday to exclude the annexed peninsula Crimea from trade benefits granted to Ukraine probably won’t significantly affect the country’s exports to Europe. The greater threat stems from instability in eastern Ukraine, which is part of the country’s industrial heartland. Brussels and Kiev are expected …

Analysis: Doubts, ambivalence and slack – Ukraine’s free trade deal with Brussels
EU FTAs & bilateral ties Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Analysis: Doubts, ambivalence and slack – Ukraine’s free trade deal with Brussels

[sh_light_text ]Kiev and Brussels are adamant both parties will soon sign their long-planned Association Agreement. Yet President-elect Petro Poroshenko sowed confusion early last week when he asked for some extra time before putting down his signature. Kiev’s ensuing reassurances hardly mask the fact that questions linger regarding the real benefits …

Blog: Ukraine – EU, waiting for the free trade deal sign-off
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Blog: Ukraine – EU, waiting for the free trade deal sign-off

This week was marked by contradictory headlines from Ukraine. The newly elected president, Europe-friendly Petro Poroshenko, asked for a delay before signing the long-planned Association Agreement with the EU, which involves a “deep and comprehensive ” free trade deal (DCFTA), and towards which negotiations were finalised in 2012.  Other statements from Ukraine followed saying Kyiv was ready …