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Stories under this heading cover Russia, as well as countries in the eastern part of the European continent, such as Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

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Borrell addresses EU-Russia relations in a meeting with MEPs

Borrell addresses EU-Russia relations in a meeting with MEPs

Russia remains our largest neighbour and it remains an important global actor. Not from the economic point of view, the economics of Russia is more or less the same size as Italy. It is much bigger in surface, but economically speaking it is a medium-sized state. They have a lot of gas, and gas is becoming more and more expensive. This is good news for them and bad news for us. They have the atomic arm, they have an important army and they use it when they need it. In any case, Russia will not disappear. It will be there and this will not change overnight.

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Half of Russians want their country to have partner relations with the EU

Half of Russians want their country to have partner relations with the EU

According to an opinion poll published on Monday (1 March) 55% of Russians have a positive attitude towards EU states, and nearly half (48%) wish for partner relations with the EU. The poll, conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center was held on February 24 among 1,600 respondents.
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Charles Michel to the Moldovans: "EU is a reliable partner of Moldova. You can count on us!"

Charles Michel to the Moldovans: "EU is a reliable partner of Moldova. You can count on us!"

European Council president Charles Michel has expressed the European Union's full support to Moldova and to the Moldovan people during a short visit to the country on Sunday, 28 February. "The EU is a reliable partner of Moldova...... You can count on us!", he told Moldovan president Maia Sandu during a joint press conference.
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Who is friend, who is foe, in Russia's war on terror?

Who is friend, who is foe, in Russia's war on terror?

Last year, 72 terrorism-related crimes were foiled in Russia, 25% more than in 2019, President Putin told the FSB.  Experts stress that extremist activity remains one of major challenges for the post-Soviet states. Bur Russians seem unclear who is friend and who is foe in their war on terror.
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Russia tripled its gold exports in 2020

Russia tripled its gold exports in 2020

Russia tripled its gold exports in 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic had made oil and gas revenues plummet, the Russian newspaper Izvestia writes. However this year is not expected to be so good for gold producers. According to economists at Morgan Stanley weak inflation, coupled with an improving economic outlook, will continue to weigh on gold prices.
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Moscow gets into a muddle about its relations with the EU

Moscow gets into a muddle about its relations with the EU

There appears to be some confusion in Moscow about how to handle Russia's future relations with the European Union. The press secretary of Russian president Vladimir Putin has been obliged to intervene to explain comments made earlier by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov that appeared to threaten the EU with a break in relations. Peskov said they had been presented by the media out of context.