Min­is­ter: re­sults of Euro­pean Coun­cil talks on Brexit are not sur­pris­ing

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The fact that talks or­ga­nized by the Euro­pean Coun­cil re­gard­ing Bri­tain’s exit and con­di­tions have con­cluded with no real progress, is noth­ing sur­pris­ing, says Latvia’s For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Edgars Rinkēvičs.

This out­come is led on by state­ments re­leased by EU and Bri­tish lead­ers on 17 and 18 Oc­to­ber. «These de­vel­op­ments do not sug­gest we can ex­pect any progress or break­through in talks. This be­came clear the mo­ment both sides an­nounced that dis­agree­ments re­main on dif­fer­ent points,» said the min­is­ter. He be­lieves there is still time to reach an agree­ment, and talks should be con­tin­ued. At the same time, if no agree­ment is reached in the given time-frame, there are no rea­sons not to ex­tend the time for talks. On Wed­nes­day, the leader of Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s group for Brexit talks Michel Barnier pro­posed ex­tend­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod, hop­ing to liven up the process, which has ended up in a dead end re­cently. The for­eign af­fairs min­is­ter re­minded that it is in Latvia’s best in­ter­est for the agree­ment to be reached and max­i­mum unity is pre­served. Need­less to say, Bri­tain re­mains a very se­ri­ous part­ner. The full text is avail­able on bnn-news.com

Evija Tri­fanova/LETA

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