EU-Russian Summit - A Fresh Start
One of the most eagerly awaited summits of Sweden's six month presidency of the EU is taking place in Stockholm on Wednesday. On Tuesday morning, security was tight as Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev flew in for talks with Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt ahead of Wednesday's EU summit which aims for a fresh start between Russia and the Union.
The EU says it will ask the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to clarify his country's efforts to join the World Trade Organization. Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says the 27-nation bloc needs to know whether Russia is still interested in joining the 153-nation world trade body. He said that the trade issue is "a difficulty" in EU-Russia ties.
Carolina Vendil Pallin at the Swedish Defence Research Agency told Radio Sweden's Rebecca Martin that energy security would also be very much on the agenda.