Plotnitsky: Putin should decree a free trade zone with Donbass

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December 7, 2016 – Fort Russ News – 

Novorossiya – translated by J. Arnoldski – 

The prospects for the restoration and development of the Lugansk People’s Republic’s industry are “great.” However, due to legal nuances, the republic’s products have been subjected to Russia’s anti-Ukrainian sanctions. This was stated by LPR head Igor Plotnitsky in an interview with RIA Novosti.

“Despite all the deaths and blockades, the prospects for restoring and developing industry are great. We have been able to keep personnel and preserve our main scientific-production base. Despite all the wounds of war, we have something to offer to Russia, including as part of the import substitution line,” Plotnitsky said.

“I’ll say more. We are ashamed to accept humanitarian aid from Russia. Donbass was never a free loader or dependent and never dreamed of being such. Now, in order to get back on our feet, it’s not even aid that we need, but genuine understanding,” he added.

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The LPR head explained: “The point is that on January 1st, 2016, Kiev suicidally broke the free trade zone agreement with the Russian Federation. Since then, all Ukrainian manufacturers have been obliged to pay export duties. For some goods, this amounts to 40%. Legally, Russia considers the enterprises of the LPR and DPR to be Ukrainian. As a result, it has been more difficult for our manufacturers to get on their feet and it is more difficult for Russian customers to obtain the needed products, some of which are not made in Russia.”

“To solve this problem, all that is needed is a decree by the President of the Russian Federation on the temporary expansion of all provisions of the agreement on the free trade zone with Ukraine to include enterprises registered in the DPR and LPR. After all, Russia has not denounced the agreement, but only suspended it,” Plotnitsky stated.

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The leader of Lugansk summarized: “Thus, without departing from its official position, Moscow would extend a line to Donetsk and Lugansk, with the help of which we ourself could catch fish and deliver to the Russian market what they don’t have enough of.” 

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