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The European Parliament believes that the current behavior of Russia against Ukraine in the field of trade does not correspond to the norms of international law and is unacceptable. This was stated by head of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok (Germany) following a special committee meeting on the situation in Ukraine.
"Russia is using its capabilities (in terms of pressure on Ukraine in the sphere of trade - Ed.) contrary to international law, which defines the sovereign right of each country to take its decision. Signing of the Association Agreement with the EU is a matter of Kyiv, not Moscow or Brussels. Therefore, such behavior of Russia is unacceptable," the MEP said.
He said that the position of Russia regarding energy prices and in the sphere of customs policy is directed at forcing Ukraine not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union in November at the summit of "Eastern Partnership" in Vilnius.
Brok added that the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs at its session today called on the European Commission and the EU Member States to clearly define its position on the actions of Russia in current situation with Ukraine, in particular, at the G20 summit, which will be held next week in St. Petersburg.
In addition, Brok informed that the European Parliament is also planning to adopt a resolution that would express its own position on trade relations between Ukraine and Russia.