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Belgium: 'Russia's strategy is to weaken the EU' - Tusk calls for unity against Moscow02:08

Belgium: 'Russia's strategy is to weaken the EU' - Tusk calls for unity against Moscow

Belgium, Brussels
October 21, 2016 at 01:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Council President Donald Tusk condemned Russian foreign policy as an attempt to ‘weaken the EU,’ during a press conference with Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission President, in Brussels on the early hours of Friday morning.

The European leader accused Russia of a myriad of offences, including “airspace violations, misinformation campaigns, cyber-attacks, interference into the political processes in the EU and beyond.”

Despite Tusk’s strong rhetoric, EU leaders were unable on a joint statement, threatening punitive action against Russia for its actions in Syria, with Tusk stating that “leaders agreed to stay the course” in regards to dealing with Moscow.

In turn, Juncker stated that he hoped that Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada will be concluded by the weekend. “If we are unable to conclude a trade arrangement with Canada, I don't see how it will be possible to conclude agreements with other parts of the world,” said the European Commission President.

Along with Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), CETA would create the world's largest free-trade zone, encompassing some 800 million consumers and standardising trade regulations between the EU, North America and Canada. Both have faced fierce criticism that they are essentially undemocratic and would place too much power in the hands of multinational companies at the expense of consumers and workers.

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European Council President Donald Tusk condemned Russian foreign policy as an attempt to ‘weaken the EU,’ during a press conference with Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission President, in Brussels on the early hours of Friday morning.

The European leader accused Russia of a myriad of offences, including “airspace violations, misinformation campaigns, cyber-attacks, interference into the political processes in the EU and beyond.”

Despite Tusk’s strong rhetoric, EU leaders were unable on a joint statement, threatening punitive action against Russia for its actions in Syria, with Tusk stating that “leaders agreed to stay the course” in regards to dealing with Moscow.

In turn, Juncker stated that he hoped that Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada will be concluded by the weekend. “If we are unable to conclude a trade arrangement with Canada, I don't see how it will be possible to conclude agreements with other parts of the world,” said the European Commission President.

Along with Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), CETA would create the world's largest free-trade zone, encompassing some 800 million consumers and standardising trade regulations between the EU, North America and Canada. Both have faced fierce criticism that they are essentially undemocratic and would place too much power in the hands of multinational companies at the expense of consumers and workers.

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