During the EU-Russia summit, EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jose-Manuel Barroso, expressed their concern over the long-standing Russian embargo on Polish meat imports. Russia imposed the import ban at the end of 2005, alleging breaches of food certification rules in Poland. The EU and Polish food authorities do not agree with Russia’s allegations and regard them as purely political rather than based on any solid grounds. EU leaders have informed Russian President Putin that negotiations on the new EU-Russia partnership agreement will be suspended until Russia lifts its ban. This decision amounts to a strong display of solidarity among the EU Member States and counters Russia’s policy of only holding negotiations with the largest economies in Europe, disregarding the concerns of the smaller EU Member States.