EU/Russia Summit with the participation of José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, participated in the 30th EU/Russia Summit with Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, and Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council. The three leaders discussed the political and economic situation in Russia and in the EU, along with strategic perspectives for EU/Russia relations. A wide range of bilateral issues were on the agenda, including work on the New EU/Russia Agreement; the EU/Russia Partnership for Modernisation; trade issues following Russia's World Trade Organisation (WTO) accession in August 2012; energy cooperation; visa issues and mobility; aviation; crisis management and civil protection cooperation; human rights and the rule of law. They also discussed Russia's G20 presidency as well as regional and international issues, with discussions expected to focus on the situation in Syria, the Middle East and North Africa, the Middle East Peace Process; the Iranian nuclear programme; Moldova/Transnistria, Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh and the Western Balkans.