At a meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Kazan, Russia’s Economy Minister German Gref declared that Russia will not negotiate a Partnership and Co-operation Agreement with the European Union until Russia secures entry to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). This declaration follows warnings by the European Commission that trade disputes and recent crises between Russia and its neighbours were threatening European support for Moscow’s WTO bid. Until now Russia and the EU have failed to renew talks on a new EU-Russia agreement to replace the existing one. EU support of Russia’s WTO entry is one of several thorny issues that include energy exports and Russia’s ban on Polish meat (see next article). These issues were addressed during the Russia-EU summit held in Samara on 17 and 18 May 2007.