A Kremlin official has confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin forwarded letters to the leadership of the European Union and Ukraine detailing Moscow's stance on the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.
"I can confirm that appropriate letters that outlined our position concerning the possible consequences of the signing and ratification of Ukraine's Association Agreement with the EU were forwarded to the leaders of a number of countries, including Ukraine, as well as the leadership of the European Commission," Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said on Friday, answering a question from Interfax.
The foreign media earlier published excerpts from Putin's September 17 letters addressed to the Ukrainian leader and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. According to these articles, the Russian side announced that it favored a systemic adjustment of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, bearing in mind all the risks that Russian-Ukrainian economic ties and the Russian economy may encounter as a result of its implementation.
Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov refused to comment then.
Ushakov also said that several weeks ago, "EU representatives leaked the contents of a telephone conversation [between Putin and Barroso], after which both the Russian side and Barroso offered appropriate comments."
"In particular, both Barroso and we said that the quotes published in the press were taken out of context and do not convey the essence of the conversation," he said.
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