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Russia will not be able to provide Ukraine with benefits for oil and gas and to remove protective export duties within the participation in WTO, as in this case, such benefits should be available to all participants of the Organization, Russian presidential advisor Sergei Glazyev said at the conference ABC: Ukraine & Partners in Kyiv on Friday.
"If Ukraine becomes a member of the Customs Union, it will get gas and oil without customs duties, which will give Ukraine 4.5-5 billion dollar per year. If Ukraine does not enter the CU, then we can not give any benefits to Ukraine, because then we would have to give the same benefit to all countries," Glazyev said.
At the same time, he clarified that the trade preferences within the Customs Union are stipulated in the contract documents of the organization.
He called the prospect of signing the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU as a suicide. "This is a suicide," the Russian presidential adviser stressed.