Ukraine is losing on the free trade agreement with the EU

Summary

Direct losses for Ukraine from the free trade agreement with the EU total around $80 bln over 5 years. The amount of indirect losses is about 2 times higher. In addition, Ukraine’s GDP has significantly decreased.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and its relations with the European Union.

In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values. See here for more details about EU-Ukraine relations.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicates positive trends in the trade relations between Ukraine and the EU, with the volume of trade in services between Ukraine and the EU in 2018 increasing by 17%. The Ukrainian Statistical Service informs that the EU accounts for 43% of Ukrainian exports. In 2017, Ukraine exported 17.5 bln USD worth of goods to the EU. The negative trade balance decreased from 10 bln USD to 3 bln USD.

See here for further information about the DCFTA and the cooperation between the EU and Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish, Russian, Ukrainian
  • Country: Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Ukraine, economy, Trade, Abandoned Ukraine, Economic difficulties, AA/DCFTA
  • Outlet: News Front, Sputnik Polska
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Disproof

This is one of the narratives promoted by the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on Azov sea and the Kerch Strait incident.

The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea ratified by Russia in 1997 and Ukraine in 1999 regulates the legal order for the seas and oceans. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) was established in 1996 on the basis of the Convention. According to Article 288 of the Convention, the tribunal shall have jurisdiction over any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention. In its April 16 2019 decision the tribunal ruled that it has jurisdiction over the Kerch Strait dispute.

Chemical weapons – a false pretext to attack Assad since the very beginning

The battle for Idlib is raging as Washington accuses Assad of using chemical weapons again. The evidence put forward seems to be weak, moreover, it contradicts the official version.
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In April 2018, the United States made false claims about the Syrian army using chemical weapons. It has been shown that these claims were false already before the leaks that just happened.
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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives deflecting blame for chemical attacks from the Assad regime; painting the White Helmets as cooperating with terrorists or terrorists themselves; and aiming to discredit the OPCW.

The "new leaked report" appears to be an engineering assessment carried out by one individual who, contrary to Sputnik's false claim, was never a member of the Fact-Finding Mission and is not currently employed by the organisation.
The individual, however, was affiliated with the OPCW as an engineer and apparently had access to materials gathered in the course of the Douma FFM, and based his/her conclusions on the same evidence pool. An OPCW press statement confirms that "all information was taken into account, deliberated, and weighed when formulating the final report regarding the incident in Douma."

Global power is in the hands of powerful elite groups – Zionists, US imperialists and militarists

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Disproof

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