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Russia lauds EC’s proposal to meet within tripartite format July 11 — Foreign Ministry

June 26, 2014, 15:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Earlier, Russia and Ukraine initiated the tripartite format

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Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow

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MOSCOW, June 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has agreed to meet within the tripartite format on July 11, the Foreign Ministry says.

“The European Commission proposed to continue ministerial contacts within the Russia-EU-Ukraine format. The meeting is scheduled for July 11,” the ministry says.

Earlier, Russia and Ukraine initiated the tripartite format. However, Brussels rejected this initiative.

“At present, a possibility is being discussed to hold consultations at the level of experts,” the ministry says.


Association Agreement consultations

Consultations by Russian, Ukrainian,EU experts on Kiev's signing of Association Agreement to begin June 26 or 27, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov. “Now finally we succeeded to agree on a tripartite format, just today or tomorrow technical experts may meet and a ministerial meeting should be held in mid-July at the EU request,” he said.

“We have many issues to be discussed. Russia has given a report on its concerns,” he said.

“For more than a year Russia insists the consultations within the Russia-Ukraine-EU format be held due to Kiev’s intention to sign the Association Agreement. But Brussels rejected Russia’s proposal,” Meshkov said.

“In January the Russia-EU summit reached an agreement to this effect. Two rounds were held. But I can’t say they was a big success,” he said.

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