The Swedish Wire
EU and Russian leaders met in Stockholm on Wednesday for a summit dominated by energy issues, as Europe hopes to avoid an interruption of Russian natural gas supplies via Ukraine this winter.
"We hope to have a good discussion today on the climate, energy and economic issues," Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said as he opened the Stockholm meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
The two held bilateral talks just before the summit. Swedish-Russian relations are traditionally complex but the atmosphere was seen as lightened by Stockholm's recent decision to let the Russian-led Nord Stream gas pipeline pass through its economic zone of the Baltic Sea.
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