from European Dialogue argued that Russia
had made its `European choice' and both sides should seek a comprehensive agreement.
commented that the difference between the West and Russia
related to the existence of a functioning democracy.
...Ms Nadia Arbatova, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Europe in Moscow, said that two years ago, everyone believed the EU and Russia were at a crossroads.
In 2007, the EU
took a different path from that taken by Russia
.The title of the conference was at the heart of the relationship today, as she
believed that it really was a troubled partnership.
agreed that this was the case and said that the "stability pact" she
had referred to earlier should include and involve all partners.However, she
said that, as it was legitimate for Ukraine to seek membership of EU and NATO
, so it was legitimate for Russia
to oppose that.Therefore it was imperative to firstly solve the issue of NATO-Russia relations.
To a question on how the four Common Spaces could be made legally binding, Ms Arbatova
replied that the main pre-requisite would be for both parties to have the same "spaces".