The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned the European Union not to allow its eastern ambitions to turn former Soviet states against Moscow. Speaking at the Russia-EU summit in Khabarovsk, he stressed the importance of more negotiations to strengthen diplomatic ties.
Mr Medvedev said: ‘‘For some countries, this partnership is seen as a partnership against Russia. Of course, I don’t mean the management of the EU and our partners present at this table, it’s about other states. Therefore, we don’t want the Eastern partnership to turn anti-Russian.’‘ Meeting to try to heal divisions on a range of issues, the EU chief Jose Manuel Barroso also underlined the importance of cooperation. “We understand clearly that Russia does not agree with Energy Charter in its present form, but at the same time we understand that Russia is ready to engage in a process of discussion of some proposals in this revision of the Energy charter treaty,” he said. With uncertainty over Russia’s reliability as a gas supplier, energy continues to remain a deeply divisive issue. Earlier this year, gas deliveries were cut following a row between Moscow and Ukraine.