World The European Union excludes the possibility of a peak with Vladimir Putin

07:00  25 june  2021
07:00  25 june  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Les chanceliers allemand Angela Merkel et autrichien Sebastian Kurz lors du sommet européen à Bruxelles (Belgique), jeudi 24 juin 2021. © Olivier Matthys, Reuters German Chancellors Angela Merkel and Austrian Sebastian Kurz at the European summit in Brussels (Belgium), Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Leaders Countries of the European Union, gathered for a summit in Brussels, discarded Friday the possibility of a peak with Russia. They believe that conditions are not met.

The idea of ​​a summit between the European Union (EU) and Russia, offered by Berlin and Paris, was swept away. The European leaders have dismissed, Friday, June 25, the possibility of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin because conditions are not met, have announced several leaders at the end of a European summit in Brussels. This would have been the first since the annexation, in 2014, Crimea by Russia.

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European Union leaders meeting in Brussels Thursday are considering a proposal by France and Germany to holding a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin , a proposal that is receiving a cool response from member nations bordering Russia. France and Germany proposed the summit in the wake of Putin ’s summit with U.S. President Joe Biden earlier this month. As he arrived in Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters that a summit is necessary for the stability of Europe , and such a meeting could be done without surrendering any values or interests.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that a new arms race is underway in Europe , driven by instability and tension, while insisting his country stands ready to rebuild friendly relations with nations across the continent. Writing in Hamburg’s Die Zeit newspaper on Tuesday, Putin emphasized the role the Soviets played in liberating European nations from Nazi occupation. The president paid tribute to the soldiers of the Red Army, “who not only defended the independence and dignity of our homeland, but also saved Europe and the world from enslavement.”

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"It has not been possible to agree today that we should meet immediately at the top", a Announced Chancellor Angela Merkel, who wanted such a meeting.

"It's too early because so far we do not see a radical change in Vladimir Putin's behavior," said Lithuania's president, Gitanas Nauceda.

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Putin hails WW II heroes, warns of degrading Europe security .
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday marked the 80th anniversary of the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union by hailing the country's World War II heroes and calling for efforts to strengthen European security. The Nazis invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, and the country lost a staggering 27 million people in what it calls the Great Patriotic War. The enormous suffering and sacrifice have left a deep scar in the national psyche, and the Victory Day marking the end of World War II in Europe that is celebrated in Russia on May 9 is the nation’s most important secular holiday.

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