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Lisbon complicating EU-Russian relations

The Financial Times is reporting that progress toward regularized EU-Russian collaboration will be negatively impacted by the lack of progress on the Lisbon Treaty ratification. Russian officials want to see the ratification process move ahead, in part for the clarity it would bring with respect to foreign affairs: “"With the Lisbon treaty in force and a clearer picture of how the EU is organised it would have been easier to negotiate the pact‚¬Â°.‚¬Â°.‚¬Â°.‚¬Â°I hope it won't delay the negotiating process," says Moscow's ambassador to Brussels, Vladi­mir Chizhov.

In light of looming energy resource issues and a desire for stable relations with the enlarging Union's Eastern neighbor, European officials have been hard at work crafting a ‘high-level’ discourse on issues including trade and investments with Russian counterparts.

The Lisbon Reform Treaty forsees the creation of a European Foreign Minister and a term (though permanent) European President, arguably giving other nations – to quote Henry Kissinger – a “number to call when they want to talk to Europe.” 



Cathryn Cluver

Cathryn Cluver is a journalist and EU analyst. Now based in Hamburg, Germany, she previously worked at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, Belgium, where she was Deputy Editor of the EU policy journal, Challenge Europe. Prior to that, she was a producer with CNN-International in Atlanta and London. Cathryn graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master's Degree in European Studies and holds a BA with honors from Brown University in International Relations.

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