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Le Figaro - France | 29/04/2008

Lithuania blocks EU treaty with Russia

"Relations with the powerful Russian neighbour are stuttering along," states Pierre Avril. "For two years Poland blocked the opening of talks on a continent-wide rapprochement on the grounds that Moscow had put an embargo on its farm produce. And now that Warsaw has agreed to lift its veto, Lithuania steps in, with a mixed bag of accusations, claiming that Russia is blocking the delivery of oil to its only refinery at Mazeiku, is destabilising the Georgian regime, and is refusing to investigate disappearances of Lithuanian citizens in Russia in the 1990s. ... Although some states, like the Netherlands, are willing to strengthen calls for greater legal 'cooperation' from Moscow, most of the EU's 27 member states will not go too far."

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