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Russia to be part of talks over landmark Ukraine-EU pact: diplomat

Published on Jun 26, 2014 6:28 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia said on Thursday it had finally got Brussels and Kiev to include it in talks over a landmark association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union to be signed this week.

"We have lots of questions. The Russian side has handed over a special note about its concerns," deputy foreign minister Alexei Meshkov told the state news agency ITAR TASS in Vienna.

"Finally, agreement has been reached today on a trilateral format, a meeting at the level of technical experts is possible literally today or tomorrow," Mr Meshkov was quoted as saying. "And, at the request of the EU, a ministerial meeting should take place in mid-July."

Much to Russia's chagrin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday is set to sign the final chapters of the landmark EU pact in Brussels.

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