The Russian Federation and EU begin negotiations on the bilateral agreementRussia and the European union (EU) officially declared the beginning of negotiations on the new base bilateral agreement. Such position contains in the statement accepted today following the results of the summit Russia - EU in Hunts - Mansijske.
In the document it is noticed that the operating bilateral agreement which has come into force on December, 1st 1997ã., will continue to work until it will be replaced by the new. “ we have agreed that the work purpose will be the conclusion of the strategic agreement which Russia - EU on the foreseeable future will establish a universal basis for relations and will help development of potential of our partnership “ - it is told in the statement following the results of the summit.
It is specified thus that the developed document should provide strengthening of a legal basis and legal obligations in the basic spheres of interaction of the Russian Federation and the European Union. According to reached in Hunts - Mansijske the arrangements, the first round will take place in Bruxelles on July, 4th of this year
we Will remind, Russia has proposed to update the contract on cooperation with EU in 2006ã. Earlier Poland blocked the beginning of negotiations on this agreement from - for the Russian embargo on import of meat production from Poland. In the further veto of Poland on negotiations it has been removed, and the unique country, opposing negotiations on the new cooperation agreement from EU, there was Lithuania. On May, 26th 2008ã. Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the European union (EU) have confirmed the mandate on the beginning of negotiations on the new cooperation agreement with Russia. Before the mandate on the beginning of negotiations on the new cooperation agreement with Russia has been approved on May, 21st 2008ã. At a meeting of ambassadors of EU Member States.