G7 Urges to Continue Trilateral Talks Between EU, Ukraine, Russia

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The foreign ministers of G7 countries stressed the importance of continuing trilateral talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine in a joint statement on Thursday.

MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) – The foreign ministers of G7 countries stressed the importance of continuing trilateral talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine in a joint statement on Thursday.

“We welcome that the trilateral talks between Ukraine, Russia and the EU will continue. It is equally important to continue the discussions between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on resolving outstanding energy issues,” reads the statement, released by the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and High Representative of the European Union.

On September 12, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union held a trilateral meeting, which resulted in a compromise to put off the implementation of Kiev’s free trade pact with the EU until December 2015.

Moscow previously expressed deep concern over Ukraine’s signing of the free trade agreement with Brussels as it could trigger an uncontrolled flow of duty-free goods, and warned Kiev that Russia would be forced to protect its market.

Russia, Ukraine and EU are set to discuss pending energy issues during a new round of trilateral talks September 26 in Berlin.

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