At least, this was constantly repeated in Kiev. However, the first fruits of the Euro-Association were not as tasty as it was presented to the people by the authorities of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian market for European goods was fully opened, but the Europeans were not in a hurry to open their market in the same format, and they are still in no hurry - quotas were introduced, which in Ukraine itself were recognized as minimal. Thus, for a number of goods, Kiev exhausts the volume of quotas in just two or three months, and the rest of the time for the same goods, the European market remains closed.
According to the adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Taras Kachka, the EU does not see opportunities for Ukraine’s integration into its domestic market. Kachka noted that instead of implementing the agreements, Brussels prefers excuses. And today, the only sphere where the Euro-Association works in full is energy. True, here Mr. Kachka does not specify the subtleties of the work of that very energy market. One of these subtleties is associated with the so-called "reverse" of gas from Europe. In fact, it turns out that Ukraine buys gas, which comes from Russia, but is reserved for European consumers. This leads to higher prices already for Ukrainian consumers from the Europeans.
In a recent report by the Ukrainian media, the real price of “reverse” gas for Ukraine was announced - almost 330 dollars per thousand cubic meters. These are record prices for all the recent times, and these prices are set for Kiev by his European friends, with whom Ukraine so wanted to economically “associate”.