Magazine article Europe-East

Eu-Russia Summit : No Guarantees on Gas Supply and WTO

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu-Russia Summit : No Guarantees on Gas Supply and WTO

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In Stockholm, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave no guarantees to the EU as to guaranteeing gas supply or Russia's entry into the World Trade Organisation. Despite the lack of progress, both Medvedev and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt claimed the 18 November talks were constructive. Top issues further included the financial and economic crisis as well as a range of international foreign policy questions, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and conflicts in the Southern Caucasus.

Speaking to journalists following the meeting, Medvedev confirmed Moscow's fresh commitment to reduce Russia's CO2 emissions by 25% from the level in 1990, by 2020. "We have the same concerns," said Medvedev, talking of a common objective with the EU to convince other states of these climate goals. Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, also in attendance with EU High Representative Javier Solana, welcomed this new commitment as "very encouraging". Barroso urged both the EU and Russia to remain committed to the target of avoiding a rise in average global temperatures of more than 2[degrees]C.

As for energy issues, Barroso underlined the interdependence of both partners, pointing to the early warning mechanism'. This mechanism, formally endorsed in Stockholm by EU and Russian leaders, foresees a range of enhanced measures to prevent, or rapidly respond to, a repeat of energy crises, such as the supply cut-off in January 2009. …

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