The European Commission on Monday recommended that the Council of Transport Ministers authorize it to negotiate "ambitious" air agreements with China and Russia "without further ado." The EC noted that the EU is the destination of 75% of all passenger traffic from Russia, while China is gradually opening up its air market. The EC also stated that authority to negotiate with Russia would permit it to arrange a phaseout of Siberian overflight fees by 2013. "The time is ripe for Europe to ...

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