Merkel and Gabriel offer Russia free-trade agreement

January 23, 2015 3:29 PM

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered Russia negotiations with the EU on the "possibilities of cooperation in a joint trade area". In return, Berlin expects "a comprehensive resolution" of the conflict in Ukraine.

After talks with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Florence on Friday, Merkel said that "if the part of problems over Ukraine is solved", there could be trade talks between the EU and the newly-established Eurasian Economic Union.

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