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Lavrov Holds Talks With EU Officials In Brussels

Lavrov (left) and Javier Solana at a previous EU-Russia summit (epa) November 3, 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is in Brussels today for talks with EU officials.

Lavrov will meet Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja of Finland, which currently holds the rotating EU Presidency, as well as the bloc's foreign-policy chief, Javier Solana.

The talks are expected to focus on differences over Iran's nuclear program.

The Europeans are also expected to bring up concerns over Russia's energy policies, particularly after Gazprom's announcement on November 2 of plans to double gas prices for Georgia.

Lavrov's meetings in Brussels today will also prepare for a November 24 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and EU leaders in Helsinki.

The last EU-Russia summit held on October 20 in Lahti, Finland, ended with Putin and EU leaders divided over Georgia, Russian energy supplies to the West, and human rights.


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