Implementing EU trade deals in the borderlands could prove complex
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Talks have begun between Russia and the pro-EU former Soviet states of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The sides are assessing how recently signed free trade deals with the European Union will impact the countries' trade relations with Russia. The effect will be muted for now, but the agreements could have a larger impact in the future if each country adopts them fully. Full implementation will be challenging because of Russia's influence and political instability in the three nations. Analysis
Jose Manuel Barroso, Petro Poroshenko, Herman Van Rompuy
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