Previous Page - You're reading an Article:
209 words - June 5, 2013 | © DiploNews, all rights reserved.
"The talks held at the 31st EU-Russia Summit were constructive and meaningful," said Russian President Vladimir Putin. With the EU accounting for nearly 60% of Russia's foreign investments and 49% of Russia's foreign trade, Moscow sees room for trade growth with the EU.
"It rose by 4.1% and exceeded USD 410 billion in 2012 (…) I am confident that we will reach the milestone of USD 500 billion in the foreseeable future," added Mr. Putin. His colleagues, Presidents Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, said Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) was "a major step forward" and underlined that the "Euro is no longer under existential threat."
Beyond the "strong trade flows," the two delegations discussed international issues, particularly Syria where "direct military intervention is doomed to failure" said Mr. Putin. The EU is giving its full support to the joint Russian-US initiative for a Geneva 2 conference, answered Mr. Van Rompuy.
Also, a new agreement regarding the fight against illicit drugs was signed. "We signed an agreement on cooperation on drug precursors. This is important for the fight against drugs, both on the supply and demand side," said Mr. Barroso.
Parts of or the whole information published on this page is likely to originate from Official Institutions like Governments, Ministries, Embassies and States. Its reproduction on this page does not constitute any endorsement from DiploNews and any of its affiliates and/or partners. If titles are sometimes modified for better understanding, the contents are reproduced exactly as delivered by the institution that first published it. To know the exact origin, click on 'view original source' at the end of the page. All information that originates from DiploNews is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without written express authorization from DiploNews.