The EU-Russia Expert Network (EUREN) on foreign
affairs is meeting in Moscow on 5-6 July to reflect on results of joint discussions, to discuss
strategic aim and added value of the network, and selective engagement between the EU and
Russia. The two-day event involving experts from the European Union and the Russian Federation
are is the seventh in a series of meetings scheduled for 2017-2018 initiated and supported by
the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation.
"We created this
network to add the additional channel of communication between Russian and the EU to discuss how
to overcome the current impasse in our relationship, but also what are the common challenges for
both Russia and the EU and which areas of future cooperation we can identify", explained Markus
Ederer, European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation
In the past four years
relations between Russia and the EU have been marked by political and economic sanctions and
countersanctions. The long-standing dense fabric of political, economic and societal dialogue
between Russia and the EU has now become porous. Despite geographic proximity and strong
economic interdependence, EU-Russia relations today are marked by a progressive estrangement.