Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk speaks during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kravchenko/Pool
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Russia is likely to penalize Ukrainian imports from January after EU-brokered talks failed to find a compromise Tuesday, exactly a month before the launch of an EU-Ukraine free trade pact that Russia opposes.Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin criticized Russian negotiators for delivering new demands on Tuesday, some of which he said were "unacceptable".Ukrainian wavering over whether to sign the EU trade accord in late 2013 fueled protests that toppled the pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovich, leading to Russia's annexation of Crimea and a revolt by pro-Russia separatists in the east.Russia opposes the Ukraine-EU deal, saying it could lead to a flood of European imports across its own borders and damage the competitiveness of Russian exports to Ukraine.
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