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    DUBLIN, April 14 (RIA Novosti) - The spread of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Russia and the European Union on its new members (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Rumania) has been discussed between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the EU troika.

    Alexander Yakovenko, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, told this to journalists after the meeting in the Dublin castle.

    "The meeting participants have discussed Russia-EU cooperation in conditions of the expansion of the European Union - the expansion of the mechanisms of cooperation", he said.

    To Alexander Yakovenko, in focus were - preparations for the Russia-EU summit due in Moscow in May and realisation of the goals set for forming four common environments in the field of economy, internal and external security, science and education.

    "The participants exchanges opinions in the development of internal situation in Russia and the European Union, preparations for elections to the European Parliament", the diplomat said.

    In discussion at the meeting were also international problems, such as the sides' interaction in the Middle Eastern and Cyprus settlement, the situation in Kosovo and Iraq, different aspects, problems of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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