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    Kremlin: Russia to Be Happy If Ukraine's Association With EU Yields Success

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    Russia would be happy if the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine yielded any sort of success for Kiev.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia would be happy if the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine yielded any sort of success for Kiev, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

    “Of course Russia is interested that its neighbors are predictable, economically independent, and, I would say, stable and flourishing. If this agreement helps Ukraine to reach some sort of parameter in reaching its goals, then obviously we would only be happy,” Peskov told journalists.

    However, if the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement has negative effects on Russia, Moscow will take necessary steps to balance the situation, Peskov said.

    "This is the topic that I think concerns the European Union and Ukraine to a greater extent. In the economic part, as it could affect Russian-Ukrainian relations and Russia's economic relations, we will, of course, thoroughly monitor possible negative implications. If such effects appear, then we will, of course, take the necessary measures of balancing nature," Peskov told reporters, speaking about the possible impact of EU-Ukraine association on their relations with Russia.

    In 2014, Kiev and Brussels signed an agreement aimed at Ukraine's political association and economic integration into the bloc. The agreement seeks to create a free trade zone between Ukraine and the 28 EU member states.

    The agreement has to be ratified by all the EU member states. By the moment it has been ratified by 27 countries except Netherlands. Dutch citizens voted against the deal at the advisory referendum, however country's lawmakers voted against refusing to ratify the agreement.

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