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 Only Ukraine and EU Can Change Trade Deal, Barroso Tells Putin - Reuters

Amendments to a EU-Ukraine trade deal at the centre of tensions between Russia and the West can only be agreed between Brussels and Kyiv, the head of the European Commission has said.

"We have strong concerns about the recent adoption of a decree by the Russian government proposing new trade barriers between Russia and Ukraine," Jose Manuel Barroso said in a letter to Putin released by the EU leader's office on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports, citing Reuters.

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"The Association Agreement (between the EU and Ukraine) remains a bilateral agreement and... in line with international law, any adaptations to it can only be made at the request of one of the parties and with the agreement of the other," he wrote in response to a letter from Putin to him and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Sept. 17.

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According to EU officials, Russia wants to remove more than 2,000 products eligible for duty-free access to the European Union, accounting for about a quarter of the agreement, in what Putin described in his letter as "systemic adjustments".

The woman set to become the EU's new trade chief later this year, Sweden's Cecilia Malmstrom, told the European Parliament this week that she would not allow Moscow to change the trade pact's text.

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