Russia-EU: the need for a strategic partnership

Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Russia Centre

1947 - Born in Glasgow, Scotland
1970 - Graduates, St Andrews University
1973 - Receives PhD, Cambridge University
1973 - Research fellow, University of Hamburg
1974 - Lecturer in international relations, University of Kent
1975 - Member, British diplomatic service
1990 - Joins European Commission as advisor on external relations
1999 - Political counselor at the EU delegation in Washington, D.C.
2002 - Director of studies, European Policy Centre

Mark Entin, Director, European Studies Institute, Moscow State University of International Relations

1955 - Born in Moscow
1977 - Graduates, Moscow State University of International Relations
1979 - Receives PhD in international law, Moscow State University of International Relations
1991 - Invited professor, European Communities Law and Human Rights Law, Council of Europe, Hague Academy of International law, Gant University
1991 - Head of section, political department, Russian Foreign Ministry
1992 - First deputy director, division on security and co-operation in Europe, Russian Foreign Ministry
1994 - Post doctorate diploma in international law, Moscow State University of International Relations
1994 - First deputy director, directorate of European co-operation, Russian Foreign Ministry
1996 - Professor of international and European law, Moscow State University of International Relations
1998 - Deputy permanent representative, representation of the Russian federation to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg
2002 - Director, institute of European law, Moscow State University of International Relations

Today we talk about Russia and the EU. The recent summit in Nice has put down a marker for bilateral relations. The parties decided to unfreeze negotiations on a new strategic agreement. A new deal would bring gains for both Moscow and Brussels. But why is there still so much suspicion? The guests to answer this question are the Director of the EU-Russia centre in Brussels, Fraser Cameron, and Mark Entin - a prominent Russian expert on the EU, and Director of the European studies institute in Moscow.