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Russia wants new trade deal with UK

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — This Friday, January 31, at 11:00 p.m. GMT, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the European Union and will have to trade with other countries, including Russia, on the basis of bilateral agreements. Andreï Keline, Russian ambassador in London, spoke on this subject at the Valdai Discussion Club.

Russia would like to conclude a new trade agreement with the United Kingdom after its exit from the European Union, said Andreï Keline, Russian ambassador in London, at a press conference at the Valdai Discussion Club.

“We would like to have a full trade agreement, but it is probably not for tomorrow, far from it,” assumes the diplomat.

He recalled that Russia and the United Kingdom should, however, conclude agreements on aviation, transport, the trade in fissile materials and many other things.

“All in all, we have already drawn up a sort of inventory of what we could do with the United Kingdom, but for the moment, on the British side, it is absolute silence, because London is now dealing with business which he considers undoubtedly more urgent”, estimates M. Keline.

However, he did not rule out the signing of a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom if the British side so desired.

“We are always ready to sign the agreements we need, […] and a free trade area is not a mere hypothesis , but something quite possible, provided of course that London is daring”, underlines the Russian ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Once the terms of the divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union have been ratified, Brexit will be effective this Friday, January 31 at 11:00 p.m. GMT after 47 years of often difficult relations.

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