Ministerial Meeting on Northern Dimension
Unofficial translation from Russian
A Ministerial Meeting on the Northern Dimension was held in Brussels on November 21. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov took part.
Its main outcome was the acceptance of Guidelines for a Political Declaration and a Framework Document for Northern Dimension Policy for the Period after 2007. Reflected in them is a fundamentally new approach towards developing the Northern Dimension policy that envisages shifting cooperation onto an equal, mutually beneficial basis for all the participants of the Northern Dimension - Russia, the EU member states, the Commission of the European Communities, Norway and Iceland.
The participants also approved a joint press release setting out the basic principles for further work.
November 21, 2005