BRUSSELS, June 10 (RIA Novosti) - The United States and the European Union issued a joint statement after a summit in Slovenia on Tuesday saying they acknowledged the constructive role Russia plays in global affairs.
The U.S.-EU summit in Brdo, Slovenia, which holds the EU presidency, was attended by U.S. President George W. Bush.
"We stand ready to work together with Russia on major regional and global issues of mutual concern as we recognise the important and constructive role that Russia should play on the international stage," the statement said.
However, the sides urged Russia to comply with its commitments in developing human rights and democracy.
"We also encourage Russia's engagement in a productive and transparent dialogue aiming at beneficial cooperation, in order to promote democratic values and freedoms" the statement said.