The European Union leaders on March 9 vowed to push for stronger ties with energy-rich countries in Central Asia and Africa, but also acknowledged Russia’s overriding role as the union’s current top natural gas supplier and promised to clinch a new cooperation deal with Moscow, Mosnews reported. EU leaders said in a draft statement that the 27-member bloc must speed up action to finalize currently stalled negotiations on a new cooperation pact with Russia, in particular on energy issues. Russia ...

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