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Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Rachek

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Russia – EU summit to start today

Russian delegation will be headed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, and EU will be headed by the Chairman of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and Chairman of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.

According to experts, one of the chief topics of the summit would be settlement of political crisis in Ukraine.

“A detailed discussion of prospects of the development of Russia – EU relations is going to be held in the course of the summit as well as exchange of views on which steps to be taken to give them a real strategic nature and ensure the impulse for the expansion of cooperation in all spheres — economic, political, scientific and humanitarian spheres”, — Russian President press service informs.

Interaction in energy sphere will also be discussed during the summit. Russia tops the list of natural gas suppliers (44% of EU’s import) as well as oil and oil products (20%). Russian side is ready to deepen the interaction with EU down to the perspective of creation of a single energy complex in Europe.

Kremlin underlines that it is planned to discuss the issue of application of “Third energy package” to Russian companies within the framework of construction of gas pipeline “South stream” as well as a number of other unsettled issues:   attempts of EU to impose “Transcaspian gas pipeline” despite ecological risks and absence of consensus among Caspian bordering countries, continuing unfair antimonopoly investigation held by European Commission in relation to OJSC ‘Gazprom’.

Additionally, it is expected that negotiations on the new fundamental agreement between Russia and EU will be viewed taking into account today’s conditions — Russia’s membership in WTO and ongoing Eurasian integration processes.

An exchange of views on pressing issues of the world economy with due account for Russian chairmanship in the ‘G-20‘ in 2013 and priorities of chairmanship of Russia in ‘G-8‘ in 2014. It means that parties will discuss possibilities of pairing Eurasian and European integration processes, taking into account the interests of all countries involved.

Russian side intends to continue talks on visa-free regime for short-term visits.

Parties will also discuss a number of problems of international and regional security.

Previous Russia – EU summit was held on June 3-4,  2013 in Ekaterinburg.

January 16, 2014 Maya Kosyanchich, press-secretary of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union Catherine Ashton, informed, that European Union – Russia summit will take place in Brussels in the course of one day -  January, 28 — instead of previously planned two days and leaders of the EU and Russian are going to discuss issues of their common neighbours among other things.

Earlier it was planned that EU – Russia summit would be held on January 27-28. Now, a small circle negotiations, working lunch and press-conference of heads of EU and Russia are planned only for January 28.

Head of Russia’s mission to European Union Vladimir Chizhov previously said that Russian leadership is ready to discuss Ukraine at the EU – Russia summit.

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