EU officials and leaders of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) member states arrived in Brussels on Friday for the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit. Among the attendees for the summit was British Prime Minister Theresa May, who warned to be «be opened eyed about the actions of hostile states like Russia who threaten the potential growth of the Eastern neighbourhood». German chancellor Angela Merkel... Еще stated the EU's relationship with its eastern partners has a «significant meaning», whilst also recognising that «Russia plays a central role» in the former Soviet countries. «Russia are on the other hand of the European Union, and they are today rivals unfortunately. But we would like to get away from this confrontational rhetoric,» said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. The summit is aimed at deepening ties between the EU and the six former Soviet states Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus. Also on the agenda is how to modernise the former Soviet countries' economies and rule of law.