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 Mogherini of EU says bloc to continue linking anti-Russian sanctions to Minsk deal implementation despite Trump's decisions

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says whatever decisions the Trump administration makes on U.S. sanctions on Russia, the bloc would continue to link economic restrictions to progress in implementing the Minsk peace agreements between Moscow and Kyiv.

As reported by Censor.NET, Federica Mogherini said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in Brussels.

"European decisions are not linked to political decisions in Washington," she said.

However, Mogherini pointed to a range of shared interests where the EU and U.S. are bound to work closely, including counterterrorism, crisis prevention in key regions and fighting migrant-smuggling gangs.

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"We are ready for a transactional way of working….one more based on an analysis of where our interests coincide. I believe that going through the list of global conflicts and regional issues, we would come out with a very long list of things where we have an interest in either a division of labor or a common approach," the bloc's foreign-policy chief said.

The European Union is prepared for a more deal-oriented relationship with the U.S. once President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the bloc's chief diplomat said Wednesday, adding that approach won't prevent cooperation on a broad range of issues, including the Iranian nuclear deal.

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Mogherini said she believed such common interests could lead the new U.S. administration to work with Europe in implementing the Iranian nuclear deal. During the electoral campaign, Trump trashed the agreement, which seeks to block Iran's route to a nuclear weapon in exchange for lifting a broad range of economic, energy and banking sanctions.

But European diplomats have said that in recent discussions, Trump aides have signaled he is unlikely to scrap the pact.
 
 
 
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