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Ukraine, Russia & CIS

In brief: Minsk deal offers prospect of trade talks as new EU sanctions enacted

Updated on 13 Feb. The declaration issued by the German and French governments following the East Ukraine ceasefire deal sealed last night between the heads of state or government of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France contains a call to continue negotiations on gas trade between Russia and Ukraine, as well as language encouraging …

Comment: EU-China trade and investment files – another five years of impasse?
Asia Investment

Comment: EU-China trade and investment files – another five years of impasse?

In a speech to the Brussels business community, Cecilia Malmström set out the European Commission’s approach to China. The trade commissioner’s talk indicates there will likely not be much change in the way Brussels deals with the giant Asian country. European businesses wanting the EU to open more markets in China for them might …

Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Latvian foreign minister calls for visa liberalisation and support for Belarus WTO accession as EU reassesses neighbourhood policy

[sh_light_text ]Latvia’s foreign minister Edgars Rinkēvičs , who was in Brussels on Monday, called for a clear commitment to support Europe’s eastern neighbours in the coming months as the Baltic state prepares to take over the EU’s member state council presidency. He stressed in particular the need to start talking about visa …

EU not yet ready to talk to Eurasian Economic Union as WTO cases mount
Bilateral Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU not yet ready to talk to Eurasian Economic Union as WTO cases mount

[sh_light_text ]Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, recently talked favourably of the idea of launching free trade talks with the Eurasian economic union (EEU). The EEU is due to come into force in January and deepen economic ties between Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, the project’s main champion. But there are no signs Brussels is moving …