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EU, Russia resume negotiations on framework agreement
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08:59, December 03, 2008

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The European Union (EU) and Russian resumed negotiations on a new framework agreement on Tuesday.

The agreement steering committee met in Brussels after a three-month suspension. The committee was led by Eneko Landaburu on the EU side and Russian ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov.

EU leaders postponed the negotiations at an extraordinary summit on Sept. 1 in the wake of Russia's military conflict with Georgia. The EU and Russia agreed to resume the talks at an EU-Russia summit last month in Nice, France, after the EU was satisfied with Russia's implementation of a peace deal brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The two sides now are expected to meet every six to eight weeks.

The EU has said the resumption of the negotiations does not mean a return to "business as usual" with Russia and that the EU will continue to keep its relations with Moscow in review.

The new framework agreement covering wide-ranging bilateral issues will replace the 1997 Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.


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