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EU, Russia, Ukraine Set Up Consultations On Kyiv's Association Agreement

The European Union, Russia, and Ukraine on July 11 agreed to set up a consultation mechanism to address Russian concerns about Ukraine's Association Agreement signed with the EU last month.

Under the consultation mechanism, Russian will circulate a list of precise concerns or potential risks it feels might affect its economy as a result of the EU’s June 20 deal with Ukraine.

Experts from the three sides will try during the summer to find solutions to problems presented by Moscow that are related to technical regulations, standards, and customs.

The experts are to present a final report no later than September 1.

The EU trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and Russia’s Minister for Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev are due to meet in Brussels on September 12 to discuss remaining concerns.