Termination of trade and economic relations with Russia will cause Ukraine’s economy enormous damage and further reduce the standard of living of Ukrainians. This broadcast channel “112 Ukraine” said the ex-Minister of economy Viktor Suslov.
“Ukraine, I think the right is struggling to maintain its transit through its territory, although these services give to the Russian budget more income. So offer Yushchenko to cease trade and economic relations – this proposal, which will cause the Ukrainian economy huge damage and further reduce the standard of living of Ukrainians. Tens of billions of dollars a year in losses,” he said.
Suslov noted that Russia among other countries is the largest trading partner of Ukraine.
“If we talk about countries, then today Russia is the largest trading partner of Ukraine, and let’s face it – it is good for Ukraine because it gives Ukraine a significant market for their products and gives the opportunity to buy something that is critically important for Ukraine. Ukraine, for example, buys Russian nuclear fuel, and it is important for the operation of nuclear power plants in Ukraine, producing more than half of electricity. And many other examples. There are examples where cooperation is terminated, for example, in the space industry. In the end, Ukraine has stopped rockets and not involved in the launches of space vehicles”, – he said.
We will remind, earlier ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko said that Kiev is unacceptable to trade with Moscow. According to him, Russia still remains the first trade partner of Ukraine.