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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Khristenko Talks Trade With Dane

Denmark's Foreign Minister Mogens Lykketoft held talks Tuesday with Russian officials keen to increase trade with the European Union but wary of how its expansion will affect Russia.

Lykketoft, who arrived in Moscow on Monday, met Tuesday with First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko.

Khristenko urged efforts to increase trade between Russia and Denmark, which last year reached $1 billion, Itar-Tass reported. He also praised the six centuries of diplomatic relations between the countries.

The EU overall accounts for 31 percent of Russian trade, Khristenko said.

Lykketoft was to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and members of the lower house of parliament, who were expected to raise Russia's concerns about the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad. Kaliningrad is cut off from the rest of Russia and may soon be surrounded by the EU if neighbors Poland and Lithuania join the union.

Lykketoft's talks were expected to address EU security issues, including Russia's opposition to U.S. plans for a national missile defense.