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Abromavichus is "disappointed" with EU countries showing sympathy to Russia

8 april 2015 | 16:10

Ukrainian Minister says Russian revanchism is a threat for the entire Europe. 

Айварас Абромавичус
Abromavichus believes Russia threatens the entire Europe
The Ukrainian Minister of Economy, Ayvaras Abromavichus says he is anxiously watching the rising controversy in the EU regarding the common position on aggressive Russia.

This has been announced by the Minister in an interview with the German newspaper Tagesspiegel on the background of the Greek Prime Minister's visit to Moscow.

"People have been dying, getting kidnapped, beaten, and tortured for the European values in Ukraine. Therefore, I feel frustrated when I see how some countries put short-term economic benefits higher than human lives," – said Abromavichus.

He added that Ukraine today is really fighting not only for its survival and integrity, but also for maintaining security on the European continent.

"Russia has brought the conflict to Ukraine, leading to 6,000 people killed and 15,000 wounded. Russia has changed European borders and thus jeopardizes the security of the entire region. I understand that other things are happening in the world. But, Ukraine is fighting not only for its own survival and territory, but also for the stability of the entire continent," – said the Ukrainian Minister of Economy.

Answering the question about how he sees the economic development of Ukraine at a time when the country's GDP declined by 6.8% last year, the Minister said that primarily Kyiv expects revenue from the agricultural sector.

"Ukraine has always been the breadbasket of Europe. Until recently, we were 7th wheat exporter in the world," – commented the Minister.

Abromavichus also added that Ukraine is trying to improve in other areas. But it will take time.

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"Ukraine has good chances to create an IT cluster on its territory. Given the low cost of labor and infrastructure, we have a great advantage on the market," – said the Minister.

At the same time, the Financial Times earlier reported that the Ukrainian corporate sector is completely cut off from international capital markets. 

Source: http://www.tagesspiegel.de/

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