Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R)attend the Victory Day parade to on the Red Square in Moscow, on May 9, 2012. UPI. | License Photo
MOSCOW, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday the decision by Ukraine to suspend association with the European Union was a decision made in Kiev.
Protesters took to the streets of Kiev last week when Ukrainian leaders decided to suspend efforts to sign free trade and association agreements with the EU. The Ukrainian government said the decision was made to protect its economic interests with Russia.
"They realized that at the moment, they're not ready for this," Medvedev was quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti as saying. "In all probability, they decided at least to postpone the signing. We just focused on the problems [of the deal], telling them [Ukraine] what they might be."
Medvedev met in Moscow early this week with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Boiko and Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov to discuss developments in the former Soviet republic. The Russian prime minister said the political unrest in Ukraine was an internal affair.
"We are not indifferent to what is happening there," he said Friday. "It's a country that's very close to us, people living there are very close to us, and in addition, Ukraine is for us a very important trade and economic partner, like we are for [them]."