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Limited success as Eastern Partnership Summit ends

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Limited success as Eastern Partnership Summit ends


The third Eastern Partnership Summit has come to an end, but while EU leaders in Vilnius are trying to put a positive spin on the event, it continues to be overshadowed by its failures.

The summit was supposed to celebrate landmark trade and co-operation deals being signed or finalised with four former Soviet republics.

Armenia rejected the an EU deal in September.

The second blow came when Ukraine last week halted preparations to sign an EU agreement – with the country’s president Viktor Yanukovych saying Ukraine had been humiliated by the EU financial aid proposal of only 600 million euros. Instead Yanukovych is turning towards Russia.

That left only Moldova and Georgia ready to sign deals in Vilnius.

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