Ahto Lobjakas, RFE/RL
STOCKHOLM -- The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, emerged today from the 24th EU-Russia summit in the Swedish capital describing it as "one of the best meetings we have had."
This verdict may look odd, given that nothing of substance was achieved during the more than five hours of talks today, preceded by a Swedish-Russian dinner last night.
But there was genuine relief among EU leaders - reciprocated, to an extent, by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev -- that the downward spiral in the relationship of the last few years appears now to have brought to a halt.
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EU-Russia Relationship No Longer Worsening