German Chancellor Angela Merkel protected this Friday, June 25, a “sovereign Europe that must be able to defend its interests.”
The head of the German federal government was speaking a day after Thursday, 24, the presidents and federal government of the European Union (EU had actually consented to keep “dialogue” with Putin, however eliminating, in the meantime, the possibility of a top.
That day Merkel confessed that “personally, I would have liked to go further” after Germany and France provided a proposition to resume tops with the Russian President, following the conference that Putin held recently with the United States equivalent.
Leaving the European top on Friday, 25, she firmly insisted: “The President of the United States met with Vladimir Putin for a serious conversation without giving the impression that this was a reward for the Russian President. A sovereign EU, in my opinion, too it must be able to represent the interests of the EU in a similar conversation”.
At the exact same time, France likewise declared the requirement for the European Union to “speak at the highest level” with Russia, in spite of the rejection of a number of member nations to go back to discussion.
The Baltic States, Poland, Sweden and the Netherlands opposed the resumption of discussion with the Russian leader, which they implicate of magnifying aggressive actions versus EU nations and their neighbours.
Relations in between Brussels and Moscow have actually been strained because Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, brought a proposition to discuss at the abovementioned European top that looked for to resume conferences with the Kremlin, while preserving sanctions.