Peters` proposal was criticised by European Union Ambassador Bernard Savage, who warned that the proposed free trade agreement would make relations between New Zealand and the European Union more difficult. The director of the New Zealand Trade Union Council, Bill Rosenberg, also expressed concern about Russia`s “bad” labour standards.    Given that Russia is adopting tariffs of up to 15% on butter, cheese and other milk imports, Crewther argues that a free trade agreement could make a significant difference for kiwi exporters. Under a section entitled “Miscellaneous”, the commitment was made to “work towards a free trade agreement with the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan customs union”. A Commonwealth deal would bind New Zealand to India – which has resisted efforts to strike a trade deal between the two countries, he said. .