On the occasion of the summit between the EU and Russia taking place today and tomorrow in St. Petersburg, the Steering Committee (SC) of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum calls on both sides to ensure that they use the opportunity to have a constructive meeting that advances cooperation between the two sides and promotes interests of the citizens of all the participating countries as well as those of their neighbours and partners in Europe. This first encounter after the inauguration of Vladimir Putin and the establishment of a new Russian government should be used to provide fresh impetus for EU-Russia cooperation and neighbourly relations in all areas.

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