Russia, EU talks in Brussels focused on trade issues - Ulyukayev

The Russian side discussed trade issues during talks with the EU in Brussels.

The Russian side discussed trade issues during talks with the EU in Brussels, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Russian journalists after meeting with European Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht.

"We presented our problems concerning, the Third Energy Package first and foremost," Ulyukayev said. "Our colleagues also expressed their concerns connected with food imports, among other things. We discussed this and are ready to advance further," Ulyukayev said.

"We of course also discussed the issue of the scrappage fee on imported cars, just as we discussed the issue of the energy adjustment. These are claims that we and they have lodged, that we will examine," he said.

The Russian side also presented additional arguments supporting its position.

Issues concerning the EU's economic ties with the Eastern Partnership countries, including Ukraine, were discussed by specialists with the participation of Economic Development Ministry trade negotiator Maxim Medvedkov and European Commission Deputy Director General Peter Balas.

"Unfortunately, we did not meet with readiness on the part of our partners to turn this discussion into an agreement, into understandings. Evidently, we face a lot of work on that score," he said.

The talks in this format will continue. The date for the next meeting has not been set yet, but will take place in the near future.

"We will definitely be maximally cooperative. We will definitely discuss with our colleagues all of the details of these agreements," Ulyukayev said.

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