It is Europe and Russia's destiny to work together for international stability, according to Romano Prodi, the President of the European Commission. Prodi said that European countries should try to build friendly relations without any restrictions. He also stated that Russia should play an active part in European politics. In his speech, Prodi also touched on several current issues, including the need to resolve environmental problems, prevent drug trafficking and tackle Kaliningrad's problems.
Prodi expressed his hope that Russia will ratify the Kyoto Protocol by September so that Europe can work together in the interests of future generations. He also mentioned Europe's cooperation with Russia over nuclear safety. 'Europe will help Russia to solve the problem of spent nuclear fuel in the North-West,' said Prodi.
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