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EU reaffirms ties with Eastern Europe amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

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The European Union reaffirmed shared values and cooperation commitments with partner countries in Eastern Europe at a summit on Wednesday, against a backdrop of fears that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is imminent. A joint statement issued after the meeting asserted the participants’ and the EU’s commitment to the Eastern Partnership based “on common fundamental values, mutual interests and shared ownership.” The Eastern Partnership is a programme to strengthen ties with former Soviet Union members neighbouring the EU. Talks in Brussels focused on progress against corruption and in support of …

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