Russia and the European Union are putting the final touches to a new agreement they have reached on closer cooperation. Both sides have begun a summit in Moscow, a day after President Vladimir Putin welcomed about 50 heads of state to Red Square for Victory Day celebrations.
The new accord, struck last night, covers closer ties on economic matters, freedom and justice, external security, as well as research, education and science. After months of fraught relations, it is reported that Russia made a significant political concession, acknowledging the EU would have a role to play in mediating conflicts in ex-Soviet states.
Brussels has expressed a strong desire to improve relations with Moscow, given the two now share a border in several places since the EU’s expansion a year ago.