16 Mar 2018

'Our job is to promote every trade deal' - Winston Peters

From Morning Report, 7:28 am on 16 March 2018

Winston Peters says New Zealand's pursuit of a free trade deal with Russia has been complicated by the Salisbury nerve agent attack that's being blamed on Moscow. The Foreign Minister says there's been recent lengthy discussions with Russian Foreign Ministry but a deal is not a top priority. He says he wants a trade agreement with the European Union as fast as possible. Yesterday the British High Commissioner Laura Clarke told Morning Report that New Zealand signing any future trade deal with Russia could create an issue of "compatibility" with similar agreements signed after Brexit, with the EU and the UK. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson asked Mr Peters if there'd been any indication talks with Russia would compromise EU negotiations.