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    Ukrainian FM: Kiev Believes Russia Main Obstacle to European Integration

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    According to Ukrainian foreign minister, Moscow is the reason Ukraine's integration into the European Union is not complete.

    DAVOS (Sputnik) — Ukrainian integration into the European Union is predominantly hindered by Russian actions, as well as by the need to implement new legislation, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told Sputnik.

    "Russia actively creates difficulties for us, such as the embargo. The biggest troubles are those created by Russia," Klimkin said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    He said that without Russia’s alleged interference in the process of economic integration with the bloc, "we would succeed sooner."

    "But we will succeed anyway because we have long been working on that," Klimkin vowed.

    He added that besides Russia, troubles concerning the implementation of legislation were hindering the EU integration.

    The new Ukrainian government agreed a deal with Brussels last year whereby it pledged to adopt a wide range of economic, judicial and financial reforms.


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