Russia – EU ties at crossroad

Andrey Klimov,
Head of the State Duma Subcommittee on European Co-operation

1954 - Born in Perm
1978 - Graduates, Perm State University
1981 - Lecturer, Perm State University
1990 - Deputy, Perm Regional Council of People’s Deputies and member of Regional Council Presidium
1994 - Deputy, Legislative Assembly of Perm Region and Head of Regional Policy and External Relations Committee
1998 - President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Komi-Permyatsky Autonomous District
1998 - Director, Inter-Industrial Institute of Regional Research
1999 to 2003 - State Duma Deputy, Deputy Chairman of Regions of Russia group, member of Federal Affairs and Regional Policy Committee in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Head of Sub-Committee on Socioeconomic Development of the Regions and Inter-Regional Communications
2003 - Head, Sub-Committee on Regional Policy Development and Inter-Regional Affairs
2005 - Member, Committee on International Affairs
2005 - Head, Sub-Committee on European Co-operation

Today we will talk about Russia-EU relations. Following the conflict in South Ossetia and Russia’s further recognition of Georgia’s breakaway regions, EU leaders gathered in Brussels on the September 1 for an emergency summit to review relations with Russia over its conflict with Georgia. What will determine the EU position? How far is the EU ready to go in its desire to support the Saakashvili regime? And how may Moscow react? To answer these questions, our guest today is the Head of the State Duma Subcommittee on European Co-operation, Andrey Klimov.