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    RUSSIA'S DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS WITH IRISH AMBASSADOR ON UPCOMING RUSSIA-EU SESSION

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 17 (RIA NOVOSTI) - Russia will soon get in session with the European Union Troika. Preparations came under debate today as Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Justin Harman, Irish Ambassador to Russia. A European Commission representative to Russia was attending.

    Mr. Harman described the conference to the media as fruitful, and a big success. The Russia-EU session has been tentatively appointed for April's start, though it is too early now to specify the day, he added.

    The session will be convened at the foreign-ministerial level. Ireland has been appointed for venue.

    The European Union Troika comprises the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the EU chair country - currently Ireland; Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy; and Chris Patten, EU Commissioner in Charge of External Relations.

    The foreign-ministerial session is to gather between April 1 and 10, Sergei Lavrov, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced to a news conference today. Previously scheduled for March 11 in Dublin, the event had to be put off in waiting for Russia to appoint a new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    Mr. Lavrov highlighted current dynamic Russia-EU negotiations on key issues of EU expansion, which involves its standards spreading to the new member countries. The change will have an impact on Russian commercial interests, stressed the minister. "We are outspoken as we discuss the matter with out partners in the European Union," he said. A new date has been appointed now for the postponed Russia-EU session, the Foreign Minister pointed out in the context.

    Economy ministries are busy formalizing understandings relating to EU expansion. Sergei Lavrov expects the job to be completed within April. The documents must satisfy all involved Parties, he said.

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