Putin warns of measures if Ukraine signs EU trade deal
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that if Ukraine signs a landmark political and trade deal with the European Union, the Moscow-led Customs Union would consider adopting protective measures.
"If our neighbours move to significantly liberalise a customs regime with the EU...then the Ukrainian market will indeed be flooded by goods whose quality and price are rather good," he said.
“This will prompt them to push Ukrainian-made goods out of the Ukrainian market,” he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
"Then the countries of the Customs Union will have to think about protective measures, such a possibility exists," added Mr Putin.