EU-Russia ties strained over Ukraine

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By Euronews
EU-Russia ties strained over Ukraine

Russian president Vladimir Putin has clashed with EU officials over Moscow’s role in Ukraine, during talks in Brussels.

The former KGB man received a cool reception from diplomats in the Belgian capital.

Moscow and the EU have sparred on a number of topics in recent months: Russia’s ‘anti-gay’ laws; the stifling of opposition dissent and Putin’s scuppering of a planned trade deal with Kiev.

A last minute offer of loans and cheap gas from Russia to Ukraine saw President Viktor Yanukovich U-turn on the so-called EU association agreement.

Putin had once spoke about building an “economic community that stretches from Lisbon to Vladivostok.”

Euronews’ Andrei Beketov interviewed a top Brussels-based foreign policy analyst to find out where the EU-Russia relationship goes from here.