Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes that by agreeing to join the Customs Union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Ukraine will lose some of its independence.

"The 'arrowhead' of the Customs Union is aimed not at the Ukrainian customs system, but at all of Ukraine," Yulia Tymoshenko wrote in her article "Back in the USSR? Onward to Europe!" published in Dzerkalo Tyzhnia.

Yulia Tymoshenko recalled that a prerequisite for a country entering the Customs Union is its entry into the Eurasian Economic Community (EEC) and according to the rules of the EEC, countries have unequal rights in accordance with their contributions (Russia - 40%, Belarus and Kazakhstan - 20%, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan - 10%) and decisions are taken by simple majority.

"Now, suppose that Ukraine needs to make a certain decision in defense of its national interests, but one that somehow or other, from an economic point of view, does not really satisfy its neighbors. To do this we would need to create a real "front" along with Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (60%). Russia, in order to block any such idea, needs to negotiate only with Belarus (40 +20 = 60%) or only with Kazakhstan, using the same formula," Yulia Tymoshenko gave as an example.

She also pointed out that the EEC Regulation provides for the creation of a Community Court, decisions of which can impede or change the decisions of the national courts in Ukraine. This court is located in St. Petersburg and is guided by the civil, criminal and administrative law of the location of the court - that is, of the Russian Federation.

"And then what? We will be traveling to protect the national interest, like Gogol’s Vakula for shoes to the queen?" In this case, an agreement on Ukraine's participation in the EEC should not be signed to the tune of the national anthem, but to one of the hits of The Beatles - Back in the USSR," Yulia Tymoshenko wrote.

In the Customs Union votes are distributed as follows: Russia - 57%, Kazakhstan - 21.5%, Belarus – 21.5%. "And despite the fact that decisions in the Customs Union are made by two-thirds, one does not have to be a mathematician to notice that for one specific country it would be much easier to make a decision than for others, and this country is not Ukraine, as you may guess," she emphasized.

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