icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Trade between Russia and EU held up by Lithuania

At a meeting in Luxembourg the EU countries have failed to agree on a mandate for partnership talks with Russia.

Lithuania was the only country to oppose the mandate citing energy supply, judicial cooperation and regional security

Lithuania's stance prevents the EU from opening negotiations on trade and political partnership agreement.

On the eve of the Luxembourg talks, Lithuania stated that several documents must be attached to the mandate. Among these documents the country is insisting in particular on a declarations of resumption of gas supplies through the “Druzhba” pipeline and of restitution to the deported from the occupied Baltic region countries.

However, the Russian foreign Ministry says the EU mandate will be co-ordinated within several weeks.

A new round of EU talks is set for next week.

Podcasts