EU-Russian talks before July

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European Commission Vice President Gunter Verheugen says he is confident that talks on a new EU-Russia treaty will begin before the upcoming June 26 summit.


“I am quite optimistic that the European Commission will have a mandate to negotiate the treaty before the next EU-Russia summit meeting,” Verheugen said at a briefing in Moscow, the Moscow Times reports. The two-day EU-Russia summit will start on June 26 in the west Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiisk. Verheugen does not think opposition from Lithuania will hamper the plans.