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Russia may impose duties in trade with Ukraine in accordance with Annex 6 to the CIS free trade area agreement only after consultation on the impact of conditions of a free trade area between Ukraine and the EU on the Russian market.
The Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said this at a joint press conference with the heads of the governments of Ukraine and Belarus after the meeting of the CIS Heads of Government.
He noted that today it is difficult to fully assess how the conditions of free trade area between Ukraine and the EU, if they begin to act, may affect the market of Russia and the countries of the Customs Union.
"So far, nobody knows what provisions will be applied and when. We do not know what flow of goods will be. We do not know whether there will be need for applying a range of means stipulated in the Article 18 (of the CIS free trade area agreement) and Annex 6 to this agreement. Today we talked about the fact that these rules exist. I do not know when they will be applied. If a need for some decisions arises, we will act in accordance with the agreement. We will hold consultations first. Then, if there are facts of a massive supply of goods under a certain price, or the threat of such supply, the decision may be taken. However, now it is not on the agenda. We do not know what will happen, we can only make forecasts," Medvedev said.