On 17 October 2006, an informal meeting took place between representatives of the Commission services and representatives of the fusion programme in the Russian Federation. Valentin Smirnov, head of the Magnetic Fusion Institute in the Kurchatov Research Centre, informed the Commission about recent developments in the russian fusion programme. Following the successful conclusion of the ITER negotiations and in view of the construction of ITER, the Russian fusion community is presenting to their authorities a proposal to recreate a Russian fusion programme to accompany ITER construction. The indications are that such a programme could be in place in 2008. The two partners would welcome a closer cooperation in areas such as participating in the exploitation of JET, sharing ITER tasks, and collaboration in technology and DEMO related activities. The next meeting will take place in St. Petersburg in spring 2007.