Free trade area agreement with the CIS countries was initiated by Ukraine, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told a press conference in Bila Tserkva, ForUm correspondent reports.

"It (the FTA agreement with the CIS - Ed.) will come into force after the documents are forwarded to the Executive Committee of the CIS for safekeeping," Azarov said.

In addition, he mentioned that the agreement provides for a 6-month negotiation process.

"The FTA agreement with the CIS is extremely important. It was Ukraine, who initiated it. I say this, taking responsibility for my words. Ukraine stands for the implementation of its provisions. In particular, we are interested in the access to pipeline transportation within the CIS countries. As soon as the treaty enters into force, our negotiators will address these issues," the Prime Minister said.

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