German Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated that former Soviet states that are part of the European Union's Eastern Partnership programme should not expect any promises of full membership.
Angela Merkel
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Eastern Partnership, Merkel said on Thursday, was "not an instrument" of EU enlargement policy, AFP reports.

Addressing the German parliament ahead of the Riga summit, which will bring together the 28 EU member states and six former Soviet countries, Merkel also said "we must not therefore arouse false expectations which we cannot later fulfil".

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