Ministerial consultations between Moscow, Brussels, and Kiev concerning the signature of an association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine will take place on July 11.
"The European Commission has proposed holding further contacts at the ministerial level in the Russia-EU-Ukraine format on July 11, to which we have given our consent," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary on its official website.
At the same time, Moscow believes that "such meetings should be held before signing such important documents."
"Russia and Ukraine earlier proposed a tripartite format of consultations, but Brussels rejected them. The possibility of a preparatory meeting at the expert level is under consideration now," it said.
"In line with the agreements reached at the Russia-EU summit in January, bilateral consultations are under way now with the EU on economic implications of association agreements between the European Union and the states participating in the Eastern Partnership program. Their second round took place in Brussels on June 16, where we once again aired our concerns. In our opinion, our EU counterparts failed to prove the association agreements' 'benefits' for the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia," it said.
"We still believe that the conclusion of an association agreement with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia can be detrimental to the Russian economy because of the severance of cooperative and the reduction of trade and economic relations with our neighbors," it said.
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