Moscow Agrees to Summit in Stockholm
Despite reservations against certain aspects of Sweden’s foreign policy Russia has agreed to hold the next summit meeting with the European Union in Stockholm, according to EU sources in Brussels. As late as July Russia had indicated that it wanted to change the location for the meeting because of political differences with Sweden. The Moscow leadership has repeatedly voiced irritation with Swedish complaints about the state of human rights in Russia. There were also tensions over a common proposal by Sweden and Poland last year for closer ties between the European Union and former Soviet republics.
The biannual meetings between Russia and the EU alternatingly take place in Russia and in cities of the country presiding over the union. The Stockholm summit is scheduled for November 18th and 19th.