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Poroshenko (l): 'We are ready to pay this price for our freedom' (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

Russia imposes Ukraine trade measures

Russia has cancelled free trade privileges for Ukraine from 1 January, but says it still wants to meet EU mediators this weekend.

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed the decree on Wednesday (16 December), shortly before Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko met top EU officials in Brussels.

Putin said he did it due to “extraordinary circumstances affecting the interests and economic security” of Russia, referring to an EU-Ukraine free trade treaty, which enters into force on the...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Poroshenko (l): 'We are ready to pay this price for our freedom' (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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