The atmosphere at the May 31 Russia-European Union summit in St. Petersburg was relaxed and good-humored, belying the many real problems in the relationship. Perhaps it was the festive context of this weekend's 300 anniversary celebrations in St. Petersburg or the newly restored splendor of the Konstantinovksy Palace where the meeting took place that drove European Commission President Romano Prodi to muse that "Russia and the EU are like vodka and caviar – inseparable," although he added, "I don't know which stands for which." Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his remarks to summit part...
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