The leaders of France, Germany and Russia have met in a mini summit billed as an ‘exchange of ideas’ by host Jacques Chirac. The main topics of discussion were the security of Russian energy supplies to Europe, and Moscow’s involvement in European aerospace group EADS. Russian President Vladimir Putin assured the EADS consortium that the recent 5% share purchase was not an aggressive move, but merely a play in the share market. He also insisted that Russia was a reliable energy source and that Europe could benefit from new reserves that would last 50 to 70 years.
President Chirac insisted that the talks were not an effort to exclude others, but was the latest in a series of three-way summits between the countries: