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President Barroso urges a "partnership of choice" with Russia and expresses concern about Cyprus

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President José Manuel Barroso and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev opened a high-level conference on "Russia – European Union: potential for partnership". Referring to the situation in Cyprus, President Barroso said he hopes for a solution.

In a speech delivered today at the "Russia – European Union: potential for partnership" conference, President Barroso shared his conviction that the EU and Russia "should work closer together not only because we have to, but also because we want to".

President Barroso called on a "new EU-Russia Agreement " built on "strategic trust".

At the end of his speech, President Barroso said he is "very concerned with the latest developments in Cyprus", in particular with the consequences for Cypriots". He added: "the European Commission stands ready to assist finding an agreement, and in fact, as you know consultations are going on between Cyprus and the other members of the Eurogroup to find a solution". "We have in the past solved bigger problems; I hope that this time a solution can also be found", he concluded.

President Barroso is in Moscow, leading the European Commission delegation for executive-to-executive talks with the Russian Government, led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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Watch the President's remarks on the situation in Cyprus

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