The Spanish Presidency of the EU has set out an ambitious agenda when it comes to EU-Russia relations – it would like to see the conclusion of negotiations with Russia on the new partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA), an agreement with Russia on a visa-free regime, as well as progress on a free-trade agreement between the EU and Russia.
In order to conclude a free-trade agreement with the EU, Russia first needs to become a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Are there tangible prospects that Russia will join the WTO any time soon? Does the Council have a particular strategy on how to compel Russia to join the WTO?
Does the Council see any substantial progress as concerns the negotiations with Russia on the new PCA?
Does the Council consider that the idea of a free-trade regime with Russia is timely considering the disagreements within the EU on the issue? Does the Council consider Russia to be more prepared for a visa-free regime than other partners of the EU, such as Ukraine, Moldova or Georgia?