FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 1 (2016)   

EU-Ukraine trade agreement finally enters into force:
Implementation is ­overshadowed by Russia’s retaliation

Publicerad 12.1.2016

Kristi Raik
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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The free trade part of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which triggered the ongoing crisis in Western-Russian relations, entered into force on 1 January after an unhelpful delay. The EU must learn from the lessons of the recent past and invest in the implementation of the deal, made more costly by Russia’s retaliatory measures.