In December 2007 the partnership agreement between the EU and Russian Federation (RF) expired, which was extended for one more year, since quite serious problems occurred regarding signing of the new agreement. First of all, Poland blocked the negotiations on this issue, being unsatisfied with the fact that Moscow banned the import of Polish meat products to Russia. Some time ago this problem was solved and Warsaw declared being ready to withdraw it’s veto, but Lithuania set a veto on the EU and RF negotiations insisting on including into its agenda quite a number of questions important for Lithuania and its international partners. For today, a compromise regarding the Lithuanian requirements in the European Union has already been reached, but for Lithuania its lack of constructivism may echo in long terms. The purpose of this study is to discuss the problem background of the EU and Russia negotiations on the new partnership agreement paying the most attention to the analysis of the position of Lithuania.
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.
Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.