Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia Give Up Sovereignty by Signing with EU
By signing association agreements with the EU on Friday, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia have delivered a crucial blow to their social and economic sectors, says Russian State Duma Deputy Chairman Sergei Zheleznyak.
The agreement effectively deprives the countries that signed it of their national sovereignty and could aggravate the internal political and socioeconomic conflicts in them, Zheleznyak told journalists.
"But this is a choice of each of the countries that signed the agreement, and the leaderships of these countries will bear responsibility to their peoples for the consequences of these actions," he said.
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The association with the European Union so much sought by the new Kiev authorities will not make Ukrainian society and the national economy healthier but, on the contrary, will deepen the gap between the supporters and opponents of European integration, including the industrial southeastern part of the country, he said.
Zheleznyak cited unnamed independent experts saying that, following the association with the EU, the Ukrainian economy would incur serious losses, as its goods are unlikely to meet competition with those from Europe.
"Russia will have to protect its economy and revise the conditions of its socioeconomic cooperation with Ukraine, due to which the Ukrainian economy could lose up to $40 billion annually," he said.
The Russian parliamentarian suggested that, in the current complicated situation, the Ukrainian leaders, including President Petr Poroshenko, should be focused primarily on restoring peace in the country and starting active direct negotiations with the opposition representatives in the southeastern part of the country, Interfax reports.
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