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    Putin's 2015 Annual Year-End Press Conference (41)
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    Russian President said that European leaders asked Russia not to strip Ukraine of trade preferences and to keep in place the free trade zone.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) European leaders asked Russia not to strip Ukraine of trade preferences and to keep in place the free trade zone, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

    "EU leaders suggested and asked not to exclude Ukraine from the free trade zone and not to strip it of trade preferences with Russia, hoping to negotiate in a trilateral EU-Russia-Ukraine format throughout the year and make various adjustments," Putin told reporters at an annual press conference.

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    Putin's 2015 Annual Year-End Press Conference (41)

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