7 December 2013, 08:16

Ukrainian president agrees to join Customs Union - source

Ukrainian president agrees to join Customs Union - source

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has allegedly signed an agreement with Russia including Ukraine’s commitment to join the Customs Union in the near future, British journalist Edward Lucas, international editor of The Economist, reports at Twitter referring to his own sources. This allegation was later denied by Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Lucas writes that Yanukovych signed a strategic agreement with Russia in Sochi today. The agreement comprises $5bln with advanced payment, $200 gas price and joining the Customs Union. In addition, he reports, Yanukovych may receive $15bln from Moscow.

Lucas writes that western governments are shocked. This is unconfirmed information but the sources are good, he adds.

Voice of Russia, RBC

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