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US News Lead 1-France and Germany propose an EU summit with Putin-Diplomats

20:23  23 june  2021
20:23  23 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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EU-Summit / Russia (Lead 1): Lead 1-France and Germany propose an EU summit with Putin-Diplomatics

(updated All along with details, context)

Brussels, 23 June (Reuters) - France and Germany proposed Wednesday that the European Union is organizing a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the hope of improving relations with Moscow, we learned from two diplomats, which paves the way for a possible first meeting of this level since 2014.

This proposal comes a week after the summit between the American President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in a villa of Geneva, Switzerland, and illustrates the concerns of Paris and Berlin on the approach, more turned towards sanctions, adopted in recent years by the European Union with regard to Russia.

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 Summit Biden-Putin: the limited ambitions of Russian diplomacy © Reuters - Sputnik Photo Agency At the meeting Biden-Putin, we will satisfy Moscow minimal service: no joint press release, not even press conference joint. Russia is not waiting for the meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin this Wednesday in Geneva that few concrete results. The Kremlin addresses the summit with modest objectives: to renew the dialogue, at the lowest since the end of the Cold War, and restore appeased diplomatic relations.

"We have to have a discussion about how to get out of this negative spiral (...) But we have to move on," said a high European diplomat, adding that some Baltic countries that are suspicious of Russia could reject this proposal Franco-German.

It is unclear whether such a summit would bring together all the leaders of the twenty-seven or only the European Executive. The peaks between the EU and Russia have been suspended after the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.

It is expected that the EU heads of state and government discuss at the end of the week, during a Summit in Brussels, a new strategy for their more and more complicated relationships with Russia.

A person involved in the summit preparations told Reuters that "Germany and France gave some ideas for the debate on Russia at the EU summit".

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"(German Chancellor Angela) Merkel previously mentioned that only the United States dialogue with Russia (and China) at the highest level. Russia is a neighbor. Such format already existed in 2007 in Finland, "added this source.

In a strategic document of the European Commission and the EU Diplomatic Service published this month, it is recalled that, despite years of tension, "the EU and Russia have a fundamental common responsibility for the peace and security on the European continent ".

Russia is also the fifth trade partner of the EU, although the Western powers accuse it of being responsible for computer attacks, misinformation and other malicious acts - what Moscow denies. The EU is the main foreign investor in Russia. (Report of Robin Emmott and Philip Blenkinsop; French version Hayat Gazzane and Jean Terzian, edited by Bertrand Boucey)

Viktor Orban leaves the European summit .
© provided by AFP images The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban leaves the EU summit after being awarded reminding the order about the law deemed homophobic adopted in Budapest, His Dutch counterpart going to suggest an exit from the EU. The controversial Hungarian legislation has sparked a debate of an unusual virulence at a summit of the twenty-seven in Brussels, according to participants.

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