EU-Russia summit delegation looks ahead to next meeting

A summit between Russia and the EU, held Nov. 14 in Nice, France, was seen an opportunity for EU members to resume negotiations on furthering EU-Russia pacts on economic, energy, and security issues.

Nov 15th, 2008

Doris Leblond
OGJ Correspondent

PARIS, Nov. 15 -- A summit between Russia and members of the European Union, held Nov. 14 in Nice, France, was seen an opportunity for EU members to resume negotiations on furthering EU-Russia pacts on economic, energy, and security issues.

This dispite Russia not fully complying with its commitment to fully restore the territorial integrity of Georgia following its August attack on that country. The EU had postponed negotiations when the conflict in Georgia broke out. Negotiations, in fact had not resumed at the summit, but are slated to begin again Dec. 2.

The summit talks mostly were used by delegates for what French President Nicolas Sarkozy referred to as "pan-European security" as well as for smoothing out the many "irritants" that have recently cropped up.

These "irritants" included Russia's threat to deploy missiles in Kaliningrad, a Russia enclave between Lithuania and Poland, to counter the US antimissile sytem in countries bordering Russia, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Also attending the summit with President Sarkozy, who also serves as EU president until yearend, were Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton.

European security matters would be discussed further at a meeting in mid-2009 within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

More in General Interest