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Russian Foreign Minister To Hold EU Talks


http://gdb.rferl.org/25AD2282-FDCD-4C97-B46D-5365D82DE5C9_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/25AD2282-FDCD-4C97-B46D-5365D82DE5C9_mw800_mh600.jpg Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) 15 February 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov travels to Brussels today for talks with senior European Union officials.


EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the meeting will be the first opportunity to discuss energy issues since Russia's gas row with Ukraine at the beginning of the year.


During the dispute over prices, Russia briefly halted gas shipments to Ukraine -- the transit route for 80 percent of Russian gas to Europe. As a result, shipments of Russian gas to Europe, which gets about one-quarter of its gas from Moscow, were effected.


The Russian-Ukrainian gas row sparked debate in the EU over Russia's reliability as a supplier and led many EU states to call for a more coherent energy policy and alternative suppliers.


(Reuters)

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