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2008-06-27 12:02:22

Text of report in English by Slovene news agency STA, Khanty-Mansiysk, 27 June: EU and Russia formally endorsed Friday the start of talks on a wide-ranging new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which will replace the existing, decade-old accord, and is expected to put the weighty relationship on a new footing. Once finalized, the agreement will form the basis of a long-term strategic partnership between the EU and Russia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the press. "The future...

2006-09-04 12:09:33

By Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is considering asking EU countries to impose visa requirements on U.S. diplomats in retaliation for a U.S. delay in extending a visa waiver scheme to all EU states, officials said on Monday. The European Union's executive body had warned it could back such a sanction if Washington did not extend the scheme to Greece and the nine states that joined the 25-member bloc in 2004, most of them from the former Soviet bloc. The...

2006-07-21 03:41:12

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - New eastern members of the European Union are angry that the European Commission has again stalled retaliation against the United States for continuing to impose visa requirements on their nationals, diplomats say. The United States does not require visas for citizens of 15 of the 25 countries in the EU. The Commission has warned Washington the EU could impose a visa requirement on U.S. diplomats and government officials if it does not extend its visa waiver...

2006-03-23 13:02:08

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Thursday signed legislation to open up trade with Ukraine, saying it marked the beginning of a new era in U.S. relations with the former Soviet state. The legislation will establish permanent normal trade relations with Ukraine by revoking a Cold War provision tying its trade status to the rights of Jews to emigrate. "It's going to create new opportunities, economic opportunities, for both our countries," Bush said. The legislation...

2006-03-01 14:14:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Ukraine have successfully concluded talks on market access issues related to Ukraine's bid to join the World Trade Organization, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Wednesday. "This agreement marks a milestone for both countries in our bilateral trade relations. It confirms Ukraine's commitment to broad-based reform and economic liberalization," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement. "As a result...we...

2005-07-03 14:45:20

By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain plans a low-profile route tostarting controversial European Union accession talks withTurkey, keeping the issue below the political radar screenuntil the last minute, British officials say. Prime Minister Tony Blair made clear on the first day ofLondon's EU presidency on Friday that launching the membershipnegotiations on Oct. 3 was one of his top priorities and hewould not let increasingly skeptical west European publicopinion get in the way....

2005-06-30 19:00:15

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Thursday it was making iteasier for U.S. nationals to obtain visas, part of liberalPresident Viktor Yushchenko's plan to move the ex-Soviet statecloser to the West. A presidential decree posted on the government Web sitewww.president.gov.ua said visas would no longer be required byU.S. citizens making a second trip within six months, providedthe new stay in Ukraine did not exceed 90 days. It said the measure was intended to develop a "strategicpartnership"...

2005-06-27 13:33:09

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union should suspend furtherenlargement of the bloc after French and Dutch voters rejectedits constitution, France's powerful interior minister said onMonday in a veiled reference to Turkey's entry bid. Sarkozy, who has presidential ambitions and heads theruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), said Bulgaria andRomania should be allowed to join because their accessionprocess had already gone too far to be stopped. They hope tojoin in 2007....


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