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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

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

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.

Nov 14, 2013

EU to re-impose Iran sanctions quashed by court

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will re-impose asset freezes on several Iranian companies, annulled this year by court order, even as world powers appear close to a breakthrough deal with Tehran over its contested nuclear program.

EU diplomats said the move was to re-establish sanctions already imposed, rather than increasing pressure on Iran. Any new sanctions could risk scuppering a deal that global powers hope to reach with Iran at talks that start next Wednesday.

Nov 13, 2013

Ukraine parliament deadlock on Tymoshenko clouds EU signing

KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament failed on Wednesday to agree on a draft law allowing jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment, clouding prospects for signing landmark agreements with the European Union this month.

Germany warned that with the Vilnius summit only two weeks away, time was running out for Kiev to settle the case of Tymoshenko. Summit host Lithuania said there would be no success unless Ukraine produced “results”.

Nov 8, 2013

Big power foreign ministers go to Geneva as Iran nuclear deal nears

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow big power foreign ministers headed to Geneva on Friday to help clinch an interim nuclear deal with Iran and ease a decade-old standoff, with Israel warning they were making an epic mistake.

Diplomats said a breakthrough at this week’s negotiations remained uncertain and would in any case mark only the first step in a long, complex process towards a permanent resolution of Iran’s dispute with the West over its nuclear ambitions.

Nov 7, 2013

Iran, six powers making progress in “tough” nuclear negotiations

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers appeared to be edging towards a preliminary deal on its nuclear activity on Thursday, citing progress in talks capitalising on a diplomatic opening from Tehran, though it cautioned that the discussions were “tough”.

The United States said the powers would consider relaxing some sanctions against Iran if it takes verifiable steps to limit its nuclear programme – a long elusive compromise that could reduce the risk of another Middle East war.

Nov 6, 2013

Powers seek ‘first step’ nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – World powers will seek to hammer out a breakthrough deal with Iran to start resolving a decade-old dispute over its nuclear program in two-day talks that begin on Thursday, though both sides say an agreement is far from certain.

The United States and its allies say they are encouraged by Tehran’s shift to friendlier rhetoric after years of hostility since the June election of President Hassan Rouhani, who has pledged to repair ties with the West and win sanctions relief.

Oct 31, 2013

Exclusive: EU, IMF coordinate on Ukraine as Russia threat looms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is in advanced discussions with the International Monetary Fund on providing standby financing to Ukraine should the country come under economic pressure from Russia later this year, senior EU officials have told Reuters.

Ukraine is expected to sign a free trade and association agreement with the European Union at a summit in Lithuania on November 28-29, as long as it meets remaining conditions, including releasing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.

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