European Union-Russia Summit: discussing Ukraine without the Ukrainians?
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The EU was represented by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council. The Russian Federation was represented by President Vladimir Putin.
The European Union (EU)-Russia Summit, which was held on the 28th of January 2014, was overshadowed by the events taking place in Ukraine. From the press conference following the Summit, we know that it was mostly dedicated to the situation in Ukraine. Discussions on the signing of a new Partnership agreement between the EU and Russia and future visa-free travel were minimal. However, both sides agreed to organise bilateral expert meetings on the potential effects of the EU Eastern Partnership policy on the Russian economy. The 2014 January Summit saw renewed declarations about the continuing yearly growth of trade between the EU and Russia.