Renewed talks: new EU deal with Moscow?
At its November summit in Nice, the EU agreed that Russia had complied with the six-point peace plan brokered to end the war by French and EU president Nicolas Sarkozy – and that partnership talks could resume.
A prominent expert on EU affairs, Fraser Cameron, told Russia's Vremya Novostey newspaper that the framework of the agreement would comprise four “common spaces” of EU-Russia relations – political dialogue, commercial and economic issues, internal affairs and external security.
Mr Cameron said that the energy problems would be the most complicated part of the discussion, but he believed a positive resolution could be achieved. He said Russia is interested in acquiring a number of things from Europe such as technologies, non-visa travel, and access to educational and cultural programmes.
The previous co-operation deal expired in 2007 and was automatically extended.