Observer status in the Customs Union will allow Ukraine to effectively defend its interests, Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov said at the meeting with first vice Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko, the press service of the Cabinet informs.

"We hope that the question, which we put to the leadership of the three countries - Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan - will be reviewed and resolved positively. Today, at the meeting of the Government, we adopted a memorandum, which had been worked out, taking into account the opinion of the Russian, Belarusian and Kazakh side. Observer status will allow Ukraine to effectively defend its interests in the Customs Union," he said.

Prime Minister once again reminded that Ukraine is interested in cooperation with the Customs Union in the 3 +1format, and now a government working group is studying the regulatory framework of the Union.
"Out of 188 transactions, Ukraine can not 13 join because they are contrary to the Constitution. Other deals are divided into three groups: the first – those which can be signed without further approvals when agreement is reached, the second – those which require talks and can be signed with minimal changes, and the third - those which require serious negotiations," the head of government explained.

He expressed the hope that before the end of 2013 there will be signed the agreement on access to pipelines in accordance with the agreement on free trade area within the Commonwealth of Independent States.

"We have created a working group on the participation of our countries in access to pipeline transportation under the contract on a free trade area in the CIS. We hope that before the end of 2013, we will sign a mutually acceptable agreement to get rid of the monopoly position of "Gazprom" in the market of gas and oil," Azarov concluded.


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