Latvian President Andris Berzins welcomes Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (L) at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia, May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
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European Union leaders Thursday sought new ways to bolster ties with six post-communist nations in Eastern Europe, a year and a half after a previous summit of the Eastern Partnership ended with a fateful standoff over Ukraine.The EU said the grants were expected to unlock investments of 2 billion euros by companies for the three countries.Carl Bildt, then-Sweden's foreign minister, was a key player at the Vilnius summit, seeing the hand of Moscow behind Ukraine's sudden about-face to dismiss the EU. He said the Riga summit will reaffirm ties between the EU and the post-communist states rather than yield any headline-grabbing new agreements.
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