Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

PM John Key today ordered Trade Minister Tim Groser to return home from Moscow where he was negotiating the final touches to a NZ-Russian free trade agreement that has been three years in the making, because concluding the accord would not be appropriate while Russia is deploying troops into Ukraine. And the Russian ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Ministry today to be told of NZ’s serious concerns. Foreign Minister Murray McCully said NZ is “deeply alarmed” and although it understands Russia has interests in Crimea, disputes should be sorted out in accordance with international law. Labour supported the withdrawal of Mr Groser from the Moscow trade negotiations and called for solutions to be reached through international law and new elections in Ukraine.