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Barroso In Baku For Talks On EU Accord, Gas Supplies

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso is in Baku on June 14 for talks with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev aimed at reinvigorating economic ties between the European Union and Azerbaijan.

Malena Mard, head of the EU mission in Baku, says Barroso’s visit is addressing the possibility of Azerbaijan signing an EU Association Agreement.

Barroso also was expected to focus on ways to expand the infrastructure for natural gas deliveries to the EU through a Southern Gas Corridor -- including negotiations with Turkmenistan on a proposed trans-Caspian pipeline involving Azerbaijan.

Barroso planned to visit to an oil and natural gas pipeline terminal near Baku.

His visit comes amid increased concerns in Brussels about Russian threats to cut gas deliveries to Ukraine – including supplies for the EU that pass through pipelines in Ukraine.

Barroso arrived in Baku on June 13 after visits to Moldova and Georgia.
Based on reporting by Reuters,, and ITAR-TASS