Putin promises an ‘immediate response’ if EU-Ukraine trade agreement goes through

Russia has voiced opposition to the creation of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), the economic core of a wide-ranging Association Agreement concluded in March 2014 by the European Union and Ukraine.

Critics in Russia say the deal would have a negative impact on the Russian economy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Ukraine that changing national legislation to prepare for the agreement would trigger “an immediate response from Moscow.”

Ukraine, in turn, argues that Russia is not a party to the Association Agreement and has no right to interfere.