Kiev protesters gather, EU and Putin joust




 
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Kiev protesters gather, EU and Putin joust
 
December 12th, 2013  
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Kiev protesters gather, EU and Putin joust
By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in central Kiev, rebuilding barricades torn down by police, as a delegation headed for Brussels to seek crucial European Union and International Monetary Fund aid. Russian President Vladimir Putin, concerned protests could yet induce Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich to seal a trade agreement with the EU to Moscow's detriment, painted a picture of a secure future for Ukraine in a Russian-led alliance. "Our integration project is based on equal rights and real economic interests," said Putin, referring to a customs union with Belarus and Kazakhstan which he plans to develop into a political and trading bloc to be known as the Eurasian Union.

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