Cause and Effect in European Politics and Law

The crisis will dominate the EU-Russia summit

Adelina Marini, May 19, 2009

The financial and economic crisis will dominate the EU-Russia summit in Khabarovsk on the 21st and 22nd of May. This becomes clear from the conclusions of the GAERC in Brussels. More specifically the leaders of the Union and Russia will focus on the global financial and economic crisis and on the need EU and Russia to coordinate their responses and to resist protectionism. An analysis will also be made of the EU-Russia relations on strategic issues like the wish of Moscow to become a member of the WTO (World Trade Organisation), investments, energy, climate change, visa issues and the negotiations on the new framework Agreement with Russia.

And with regard to global issues Russia and the EU will discuss the situation in Georgia, Moldova, the Middle East, relations with Iran as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan. A very serious topic would be European security. In fact in this relation Russia already has a new plan which will be thoroughly discussed as promised by president Dmitry Medvedev.