European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is expected to brief EU heads of state and government on the state of play of talks with the UK, but Brexit is not on the summit`s agenda. „As far as relations with the UK are concerned, the negotiations are taking place on the basis of our common mandate,“ European Council President Charles Michel wrote in his letter of invitation to the summit. „It`s not the intention to plan a discussion on this topic.“ The Malta Summit included a meeting between US President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev, which took place on 2 and 3 December 1989, just weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was their second meeting after a meeting with Ronald Reagan in New York in December 1988. During the summit, Bush and Gorbachev would declare the Cold War over, although the question of whether that was really the case is controversial. News at the time called the Malta summit the most important since 1945, when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Soviet Prime Minister Joseph Stalin and US President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed on a post-war plan for Europe at the Kanta Conference. The idea of a summit at sea would have been largely inspired by President Bush`s fascination with World War II President Franklin D. Roosevelt`s habit of meeting with foreign leaders aboard Navy ships.   The choice of Malta as the venue was the subject of significant haggling between the two superpowers before the summit. Condoleezza Rice: At the last summit, issues that have not yet been agreed upon were also discussed.
The Russian and Ukrainian presidents have confirmed that they have different views on handing over control of the part of the Russian-Ukrainian border currently controlled by separatists. Despite the lack of agreement, the second summit appears to be based on a significant change in the tone of relations between the two nations. „Things are moving fast, but some issues are still outstanding,“ the source added. Negotiations to find a definitive solution will take months and months, he said. The German Presidency of the Council of the EU ends with a summit that leaves questions unanswered. However, the consensus on a budget was an early success. The Normandy summit on the Ukrainian conflict held this week, in which the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany participated, does not seem to have made a breakthrough. Moscow and Kiev reaffirmed their previous positions at the Paris meeting and announced their intention to continue facilitating the stabilization of ukraine`s war-torn Donbass region without substantially altering the instruments they already have. Nevertheless, all the participants gave a positive evaluation of the lectures, and it did not seem that they were simply polite. The Minsk agreements provide that Ukraine will carry out a constitutional reform focused on decentralization and taking into account the special status of the different districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Ukrainian authorities have not ruled out the idea of an amendment to the Constitution, but would prefer that the general conditions of decentralization for all regions be equally sufficient for Donetsk and Luhansk. .