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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Pushes on Customs

HELSINKI, Finland -- The European Union will use its economic influence in urging Russia to adhere to customs and border agreements with the 15-member bloc, officials said Friday.

EU representatives will travel to Moscow in July to discuss customs cooperation, chiefly on the Finnish-Russian border, said Michel Vanden Abeele, the head of the EU's customs administration.

"The [European Union] is the most powerful and the most important commercial union in the world, and this means something to Russia," Vanden Abeele said.

Finland has often complained that its trucks have been made to wait for days by Russian officials, mainly because of new or unclear border regulations.