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Russia raps EU on bilateral ties

(Xinhua)

10:24, October 09, 2012

MOSCOW, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Future cooperation between Moscow and the European Union depends on the EU's attitude towards essential bilateral issues, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Speaking at a meeting of the Association of European Business, Lavrov said the EU was holding back bilateral cooperation on a number of thorny issues, including visas, trade and energy ties.

Russia took the new base agreement between Moscow and the EU as a framework document covering all key spheres of interactions between the two partners, Lavrov said, adding the ever-changing political realities could not be embedded into the agreement in advance.

According to the full-text of the speech published on the Foreign Ministry's website, Lavrov cited economic issues as the main obstacle for fruitful cooperation between the two sides.

"Our partners want to receive from Russia much more then we have agreed on accession to the WTO. We don't buy that," Lavrov said, adding there should be no hurry in the creation of a free trade zone between Russia and the EU as the latter demanded.

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