Ukraine currently doesn't have observer status in the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, as this organization has not previously provided for such forms of cooperation, vice Prime Minister Yuri Boiko, who heads a working group on cooperation with the Customs Union, said in interview with ZN.UA.
Commenting on the statement by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov that Ukraine reached a tentative agreement about getting observer status in the Customs Union, Boiko said that the organization hasn't previously provided for such a form of cooperation and therefore has not considered this matter.

"Even if Ukraine or another country wanted to have that status (of the observer), the Customs Union's members simply do not have a mechanism to implement such plans. However, the government of Ukraine on behalf of the president is indeed developing documents on the possible observer status in the Customs Union," Boiko said.

"Given the scale of trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine and the Customs Union member states (more than $ 60 billion on the results of 2012), we need to understand what is happening there," he noted.

Vice PM added that the issue of the format of Ukraine’s participation or presence in the Customs Union is being discussed on a bilateral basis between the Customs Union members and Ukraine.

"We talked with Belarus, I flew to Kazakhstan. We're going to talk with the Russian Federation. And only then - if there are proposals, or at least an understanding of the CU participants – we’ll initiate talks with the Eurasian Economic Commission," vice Prime Minister summed up.


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