Trade in goods between the European Union and Russia rose to a record high in 2012 according to the latest figures from Eurostat, the EU's statistical body.

Exports from the 27 member union to Russia had been as low as €66 billion in 2009, but in 2012, had grown to €123 billion. Imports also grew from 2009's low of €118 billion to a record €213 billion in 2012.

The trade deficit of €90 billion is because of energy imports of €163 billion, but the ...

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