News / Europe

    Russia Said to Ready Tighter Customs if Ukraine Signs EU Deal

    Members of a Ukrainian activist group burn goods produced in Russia as they hold a rally against what they see as undue Russian trade pressure on Ukraine, in front of Russia's Embassy in Kyiv, August 16, 2013. The sign reads: "Stop economic terror.Members of a Ukrainian activist group burn goods produced in Russia as they hold a rally against what they see as undue Russian trade pressure on Ukraine, in front of Russia's Embassy in Kyiv, August 16, 2013. The sign reads: "Stop economic terror.
    x
    Members of a Ukrainian activist group burn goods produced in Russia as they hold a rally against what they see as undue Russian trade pressure on Ukraine, in front of Russia's Embassy in Kyiv, August 16, 2013. The sign reads: "Stop economic terror.
    Members of a Ukrainian activist group burn goods produced in Russia as they hold a rally against what they see as undue Russian trade pressure on Ukraine, in front of Russia's Embassy in Kyiv, August 16, 2013. The sign reads: "Stop economic terror.
    Reuters
    Russia is preparing tighter customs controls with Ukraine in case Kyiv makes the “suicidal” move of signing an association agreement with the European Union, an aide to President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying on Sunday.

    Russian border guards imposed new time-consuming checks on all Ukrainian cargo last week as Putin piles pressure on Kyiv to join a Moscow-led regional trade bloc.

    Ukraine has refused to join because it hopes to sign a free trade and political association agreement with the E.U. in November and the two deals are mutually exclusive.

    Sergei Glazev, who advises Putin on developing the trade union, on Sunday said the additional checks of Ukrainian imports were a one-off and only temporary but warned Kyiv should expect more such measures if it goes ahead with its European plans.

    “We are preparing to tighten customs procedures if suddenly Ukraine makes this suicidal step of signing the E.U. association agreement,” Glazev said, according to state-run news agency RIA.

    Russia is the largest consumer of Ukrainian exports but ties between the two have deteriorated over Kyiv's European aspirations as well as trade and gas rows.

    Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said it “would be very serious” if Russia waged a trade war against Ukraine to prevent it from deepening ties with the E.U.

    But there has also been growing frustration within the 28-nation bloc over lack of progress in talks with Kyiv. Brussels is concerned about Ukraine's protectionist policies and what it says is persecution of political rivals, especially the jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

    There could be no talk of a trade war between Kyiv and Moscow, a statement from Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Sunday after he discussed the case with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev by telephone.

    A corresponding statement in Moscow said more talks on solving the row were due in the next days.

    You May Like

    Video Twists and Turns Aplenty in US Presidential Race

    Even as Americans pause for this week’s Memorial Day holiday, much attention is focused on the presidential contest

    Iran Orders Social Media Sites to Store Data Inside Country

    New requirements are expected to affect the instant messaging app Telegram, which has more than 20 million users inside Iran

    The Struggle With Painkillers: Treating Pain Without Feeding Addiction

    'Wonder drug' pain medications have turned out to be major problem: not only do they run high risk of addicting the user, but they can actually make patients' chronic pain worse, US CDC says

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trendi
    X
    May 27, 2016 5:57 AM
    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
    Video

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.
    Video

    Video Meet Your New Co-Worker: The Robot

    Increasing numbers of robots are joining the workforce, as companies scale back and more processes become automated. The latest robots are flexible and collaborative, built to work alongside humans as opposed to replacing them. VOA’s Tina Trinh looks at the next generation of automated employees helping out their human colleagues.
    Video

    Video Wheelchair Technology in Tune With Times

    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Baby Boxes Offer Safe Haven for Unwanted Children

    No one knows exactly how many babies are abandoned worldwide each year. The statistic is a difficult one to determine because it is illegal in most places. Therefore unwanted babies are often hidden and left to die. But as Erika Celeste reports from Woodburn, Indiana, a new program hopes to make surrendering infants safer for everyone.
    Video

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Communities in the U.S. often hold festivals to show what makes them special. In California, for example, farmers near Fresno celebrate their figs and those around Gilmore showcase their garlic. Mike O'Sullivan reports that the wine-producing region of Temecula offers local vintages in an annual festival where rides on hot-air balloons add to the excitement.
    Video

    Video US Elementary School Offers Living Science Lessons

    Zero is not a good score on a test at school. But Discovery Elementary is proud of its “net zero” rating. Net zero describes a building in which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable sources equals the amount of energy the building uses. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the innovative features in the building turn the school into a teaching tool, where kids can't help but learn about science and sustainability. Faith Lapidus narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora