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The human rights situation in Russia is an "increasing cause for concern," Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said Wednesday following an EU-Russia summit in Stockholm. Sweden holds the rotating European Union presidency.
"We exchanged views on human rights, the rule of law in Russia and democracy," Reinfeldt said.
The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, said after the talks: “This was one of the best summit meetings we have held so far.”
Other notes from the meeting:
Russia hopes to complete a new economic cooperation pact with the European Union soon, President Dmitry Medvedev said.
President Medvedev also said Russia has not decided yet whether it wants to join the WTO as a separate country or together with Kazakhstan and Belarus, its partners in a three-way customs union.