The 31st EU-Russia summit took place in Yekaterinburg on 3 and 4 June 2013. Topics of highest importance for both the EU and Russia were discussed, as both strategic and global partners strive for closer economic and trade relations, particularly in the field of reforming financial institutions and labour markets. Negotiations on a new trade agreement covering most importantly trade, investment and energy continued, but no agreement was reached yet.
Except of the economic aspects of cooperation, the two partners discussed also a number of political challenges, such as the situation in Syria and Iran. The questions of security in Europe were also raised, as there are persisting conflicts in understanding the role of common neighborhood initiatives of the EU.
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19th June 2018