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Nov 29, 2013

Ukraine’s Yanukovich vetoes last-minute EU push to save trade deal

VILNIUS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovich has vetoed last-minute attempts by the European Union
to rescue a trade deal that could have been signed at a summit
on Friday and would have signalled a historic shift away from
Russia.

Under pressure from Moscow, Yanukovich abandoned plans last
week to sign the agreement in favour of closer ties with his
country’s former Soviet master, dealing a blow to EU efforts to
build closer relations with its eastern neighbours.

Nov 29, 2013

Ukraine, EU fail to salvage trade pact

VILNIUS, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Viktor
Yanukovich failed on Thursday to salvage an ambitious free-trade
pact with the European Union despite a warning that Ukraine was
risking its future by turning its back on the deal.

Ukraine and the 28-nation EU had aimed to sign an ambitious
trade and cooperation agreement at Thursday’s summit in the
Lithuanian capital Vilnius, which would have marked a historic
westwards shift by the former Soviet republic away from Russia’s
orbit.

Nov 27, 2013

Iran success of EU’s Ashton keeps Brussels in the game

BRUSSELS, Nov 27 (Reuters) – When U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry wrapped his arm around Catherine Ashton as they
boarded his plane on Sunday after they clinched a breakthrough
nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva, it capped a turnaround in her
career as Europe’s top diplomat.

Insiders say Ashton, a one-time second-tier British
politician whose surprise elevation to European Union foreign
policy chief in 2009 was greeted with condescension, managed to
exceed expectations as shepherd of the six global powers that
agreed with Iran on Sunday to curb its nuclear programme.

Nov 24, 2013

Six powers clinch breakthrough deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activity

GENEVA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers
clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear programme
in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start
of a game-changing rapprochement that could ease the risk of a
wider Middle East war.

Aimed at ending a long festering standoff, the interim pact
between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain,
China and Russia won the critical endorsement of Iranian
clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Nov 24, 2013

Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough agreement early on Sunday to curb Tehran’s atomic ambitions in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in a first step towards resolving a dangerous decade-old standoff.

The deal between the Islamic state and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down after more than four days of negotiations.

Nov 23, 2013

Kerry joins Iran talks to push for nuclear breakthrough

GENEVA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from Iran and
six world powers laboured on Saturday to overcome remaining
difficulties and clinch a breakthrough deal aimed at allaying
Western suspicions over Tehran’s atomic ambitions.

With the sides edging closer, U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry and foreign ministers of the five other nations joined the
talks with Iran as they entered an unscheduled fourth day.

Nov 20, 2013

US says “very hard” to clinch deal as Iran nuclear talks resume

GENEVA, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Big powers resumed talks on
Wednesday on a preliminary agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear
programme with the United States warning it would be “very hard”
to clinch a breakthrough deal this week and Tehran citing “red
lines”.

Keen to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider
Middle East war, the United States, Russia, China, France,
Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from
Tehran on its nuclear activity in return for some sanctions
relief at negotiations in Geneva earlier this month.

Nov 19, 2013

World powers, Iran make new attempt to clinch nuclear deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – World powers aim to clinch a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in politically charged talks resuming in Geneva on Wednesday to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war.

The United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came tantalizingly close to winning concessions from Iran on the scope of its nuclear work in return for some sanctions relief at negotiations in the Swiss city on November 7-9.

Nov 18, 2013

EU urges Yanukovich to intervene to save Ukraine trade pact

BRUSSELS, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The European Union urged
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to intervene personally to
end a stand-off over jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko
that is threatening to derail plans to sign an EU-Ukraine trade
deal.

With less than two weeks to go before the agreement is due
to be signed at a summit in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, EU
foreign ministers made clear Ukraine had not yet done enough to
meet the conditions the bloc has laid down for signing.

Nov 17, 2013

EU launches new drive to end deadlock over Ukraine’s Tymoshenko

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union envoys will make another attempt this week to break a deadlock over jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko that has jeopardized plans by the EU and Ukraine to sign a landmark trade and cooperation deal.

The envoys, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and Irish politician Pat Cox, will return to Kiev for a session of parliament on Tuesday that will try again to pass a law allowing the 52-year-old Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment of her chronic back pain.

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      "Justyna covers EU foreign policy in Brussels with a focus on Balkans and Turkey, as well immigration, security and human rights in the European Union. Previously she was a bureau chief in Romania and Bulgaria, and wrote about financial markets in London and economic policy in Poland."
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