Paris rendezvous to discuss EU and Russia

4th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 4 (AFP) - The leaders of France, Russia, Germany and Spain are to meet in Paris on March 18 for a working dinner designed to accommodate Russian President Vladimir Putin's wish to see a closer EU-Russia dialogue, French officials said Friday.

PARIS, March 4 (AFP) - The leaders of France, Russia, Germany and Spain are to meet in Paris on March 18 for a working dinner designed to accommodate Russian President Vladimir Putin's wish to see a closer EU-Russia dialogue, French officials said Friday.

It will be the first time such a meeting will take place, the officials from French President Jacques Chirac's office said.

As well as Chirac and Putin, the dinner's guests will include German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Although no formal agenda has been established, it is expected the conversation will cover EU-Russia relations and major international developments, the officials said.

France and Germany organise regular meetings of their leaders and foreign ministers. Next Monday, Chirac is to hold informal talks with Schroeder in Blomberg, the chancellor's town of birth in Germany.

© AFP

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