Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation. This website is a source of information and news on the latest developments in EU-Russia relations, a window for our partners and to our activities in Russia.
The EU is a unique political, economic and security union integrating 27 countries which decided to tie their destinies together for greater prosperity, stability and peace. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, it has proudly celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017. It is therefore my honour to represent the interests of the European Union and its Member States in Russia.
For a number of years, the European Union and Russia have worked on the implementation of a strategic partnership based on the principles of democracy, rule of law, political and economic freedom, and commitment to international peace and security. Since 2014 these relations have been seriously affected by the illegal annexation of Crimea as well as the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine. Progress on and the implementation of the Minsk agreements will be of pivotal importance for making a major difference in our relationship.
My mission is to work on the improvement of EU-Russia relations in pursuance of EU interests. The EU and Russia are two big and interdependent neighbours on our continent. Therefore, we need to strive to forge mutually-beneficial relations based on international law, mutual trust and common interests.
We can build on past achievements. The European Union remains Russia`s main trading and investment partner, Russian students are the first beneficiaries of the Erasmus + programme and we have a wide range of contacts and exchanges established between our two peoples in the spheres of science, culture or tourism. Russia has been for many years and still is the largest recipient of Schengen visas in the world.
Furthermore, in a more complex and interconnected world, the EU and Russia need to cooperate on global challenges, such as, climate change, energy insecurity, terrorism, hybrid threats, economic volatility and regional conflicts.
I invite you to visit our website regularly to learn more about the European Union and its countries, its relations with Russia and about some exciting opportunities. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any comments and questions. I am looking forward to meeting many of you in the near future.
Ambassador of the European Union to Russia