We, participants of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, are seriously concerned by recent negative trends in the relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union. Visible cooling down of relations between Russia and EU may have long-term consequences, including for civil society on both sides.

The third General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, taking place in Russia for the first time, reconfirms our commitment to improving the relationship between the EU and Russia, declared at the foundation of the Forum. The goals of the Forum include furthermore promotion of common values, strengthening legal systems and common European institutions, as well as the development of integration of Russia and Europe. In the course of our joint work we have strengthened our understanding that human rights, social justice, rule of law, freedom from discrimination and xenophobia, pluralistic democracy, accountability of the government elected in free and fair elections, environmentally sustainable development and preservation of biodiversity are our common values.

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