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Ukraine nixes customs union with Russia

      RBC, 22.04.2011, Kiev 12:38:02.Ukraine will not join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Konstantin Grishchenko told members of parliament today.

      He reiterated the 3 + 1 format of cooperation with the Customs Union put forward by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. "This means the following: first, Ukraine intends to collaborate with the Customs Union without having formal membership in the organization. We are not in talks with the Customs Union."

      The foreign minister also said that Russia did not set any conditions for Ukraine's membership in the Customs Union. Russia only expressed its aspiration to see Ukraine join the organization, he added. The key priority of Ukraine's foreign policy is EU integration.

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