Understandings between Russia, Ukraine and the EU should have "signs of an intergovernmental agreement," Russian First Deputy Economic Development Minister Alexei Likhachev said.
"This should be a document that has at least signs of an intergovernmental agreement, an international agreement, otherwise we will assume that we wasted time," he told journalists, commenting on a question about the removal of Russia's concerns on the implementation of the economic part of the association agreement between Ukraine and the EU on January 1, 2016.
Likhchev said the main reason for the difficulties lay in the extremely politicized approach adopted by some parties to the negotiations. Discussion of economic issues, and assessment of the commercial, investment and market implications of association between Ukraine and the EU are being supplanted by emotionally charged speeches and political evaluations are being made in the course of expert consultations, he said.
"If the mood at consultations does not change, then in my view there is little likelihood of reaching solutions that please everybody by January 1," he said.
At the same time, Likhachev said a "half step forward" had been made during the consultations on Sept.7, when the EU representatives agreed to discuss Russia's proposed agenda and agreed to work towards a final agreement.
He said Russia's position was that there were six issues for discussion and that this must result in legally binding solutions for all parties.
Likhachev said the next consultations on association between Ukraine and the EU were due in October. Russia hopes a fourth meeting at ministerial level will follow at the beginning of November.
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