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Syria dominates Russia-EU summit

Syria dominates Russia-EU summit
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The situation in Syria is high on the agenda of the EU-Russia summit taking place in St Petersburg.

Although they differ on their views on regarding what to do about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, EU President Herman von Rompuy, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Russian President Vladimir Putin will focus on areas where Europe and Russia do agree on handling the ongoing Syrian crisis.

“The European Union and Russia might have some diverging assessments, but we fully agree that the Annan plan, as a whole, provides the best opportunity to break the cycle of violence in Syria, avoiding a civil war and finding a peaceful, lasting solution. We need to work towards an immediate stop of all forms of violence in Syria and towards a process of political transition,” said Rompuy.

The twice yearly summit is also a chance to talk about trade between the EU and Russia, and the issuing of visas for European countries to Russian nationals.