Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych assured President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso that new agreements with the Customs Union do not contradict the conditions of Ukraine's membership of the WTO.

Telephone conversation between Yanukovych and Barroso was held on May 31, the President’s press service reported.

Viktor Yanukovych informed Jose Manuel Barroso about the signed agreements on deepening of cooperation between Ukraine and the Eurasian Economic Commission.

“He assured that this new model of cooperation between Ukraine and the Eurasian Economic Union does not contradict Ukraine's membership in the WTO and its strategic course towards European integration through the signing of the Association Agreement and creation of a deep and comprehensive free trade area with the EU," the statement reads.

The message reads that President of the European Commission thanked the Ukrainian President for the explanations provided.

 The presidents also discussed the prospects for signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November 2013 and Ukraine's progress in meeting the relevant criteria.

The two parties agreed to maintain an active and open dialogue on all issues of mutual interest.


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