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European Union Foreign Ministers Preparing for EU-Russia Summit


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While preparing for the upcoming EU-Russia summit taking place on 21 December during a meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Brussels today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that during the summit the focus should be on resolving concrete problems like adhering to the guidelines of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including ending the ban on the import of live animals from the European Union into Russia, which is an essential point for Estonia.

While discussing starting negotiations for a visa waiver between the European Union and Russia, Paet said that first a visa dialogue complete with joint steps and an action plan must be implemented, which would include getting rid of the long queues at the border.

Serious co-operation and progress is also expected from Russia in resolving frozen conflicts.  “Russia plays an essential role in resolving the Transnistria problem and in restoring relations with Georgia. The new Georgian government has repeatedly expressed its desire to repair relations with Russia,” he said.

Paet also stated that we still expect progress to be made in the negotiations for a new EU-Russia Co-operation Agreement, in which the trade and investment aspect should also be included.

Other topics to be discussed are matters of international importance, such as the situation in Syria.

Additional information:
Helen Ennok, press spokesperson, Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU
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