Medvedev meets Barroso, EU officials during Asia-Europe summit

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with the heads of delegations from Finland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Norway and with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso during the Asia-Europe summit under way in Laos.

Global economic matters and problems facing the Eurozone were discussed, Medvedev's press secretary Natalya Timakova told reporters.

Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that Medvedev's talk with his Bulgarian counterpart highlighted the development of the nuclear power industry in Bulgaria.

The economic crisis in Europe took center stage on the first day of the summit with most speakers saying that this is actually a banking crisis that "can be handled" and calling for a "new model of economic growth".

Tuesday's debates will focus on food, energy and nuclear security. Dmitry Medvedev is expected to deliver a speech.

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