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TALLINN - Estonian embassy in Moscow, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the European Union's Moscow delegation discussed on Wednesday the relationship of Russia and the EU during Estonia's EU presidency.
Head of the Estonian Foreign Ministry's policy department Rein Tammsaar made a presentation on the relationship of the EU and Russia as well as the Eastern Partnership initiative. According to Tammsaar, the EU's policy in Russia's direction is based on common values and consensus, spokespeople for the ministry said. "Improving the relationship with Russia can only happen through restoring the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine," Tammsaar said.
When commenting on EU's Eastern Partnership policy, Tammsaar pointed out the importance of the topic in the context of Estonia's presidency of the Council of the European Union. "The close relationship and cooperation of the European Union with Eastern Partnership countries strengthens democracy, stability and wealth on the whole European continent," he said.
The seminar was attended by representatives of Russian state institutions, universities and research institutes as well as diplomats of EU embassies who reside in Moscow. The opening words were spoken by Estonian ambassador to Russia Arti Hilpus.