Partnership and security on EU-Russia agenda

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EU chairmanship country France after yesterday’s meeting in the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council on foreign affairs confirmed that EU-Russian talks on a new partnership agreement will resume in in Nice 13-14 November.

In the council meeting, also Russia’s proposed establishment of a new Treaty on European security was discussed, a press release from the Russian Foreign Ministry reads.

According to the Moscow Times, the recent war in Georgia overshadowed the talks between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and an EU delegation. One senior diplomat described the mood of the meeting as “pretty prickly”, the newspaper reports

The EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council on foreign affairs is the body, which helps prepare issues ahead of the bigger EU-Russia summits. Included in the current council is Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, EU’s High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg and Eneko Landaburu from the EU Directorate General External Relations.

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