East StratCom disinformation claim:
The head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine Jan Tombinski has admitted the Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine is futile: the Free Trade Zone is a complete failure because impoverished Ukrainians don’t buy European goods and domestic companies are not ready to enter the European market.
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Period/date: 31. March 2016
Ukraina.ru completely misquoted Tombinski who never called the Free Trade Zone a failure. What Tombinski actually said is: “Today we can say that the free trade zone, the open market with the EU is not being used as we wanted and expected it to be used. And all because of the many structural weaknesses of the Ukrainian economy.” He explained that the zone is encountering obstacles. He is however optimistic and points out that Europe is ready to help identify those Ukrainian businesses, who can export their goods to the EU. “Nothing will be given just like that; the European market is very competitive. Use the support, including the material support, that Ukraine receives ” Tombinski advised (http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-eu-calls-the-free-trade-zone-with-ukraine-useless/).
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published by StopFake – Struggle against fake information about events in Ukraine
This information is reported by StopFakeorg in Disinformation Review issue 21. The item is located at row number 70 in the report.