In a joint declaration adopted at the end of the Russia-EU summit, the EU supported the Russian leadership's efforts to find a political settlement for the situation in Chechnya. The document states that "President of Russia Vladimir Putin has informed the EU leadership about the situation in Chechnya." It continues that, following an exchange of opinions, "the European Union has expressed its support for Russian efforts aimed at bringing about a political settlement." The declaration also stressed that Russia and the EU have also confirmed their commitment to combating terrorism.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia