The urge of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the EU to hold direct talks with President of Russia Vladimir Putin caused the opposition of other leaders of the bloc as Bloomberg reported.
When Merkel arrived in Brussels for participation in the EU summit, her idea to invite Putin for direct talks was publicly criticized by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He stated to the journalists that he will not participate in any talks with Putin. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said that it is too early to talk about the summit with Russia. PM of Estonia Kaja Kallas stated that she was surprised that this issue is included in the agenda.
One diplomat who is familiar with the discussions stated that some 12 EU representatives stated that they do not like the idea and that it appeared last minute.
“The Kremlin does not understand free concessions. The Kremlin understands power politics”, Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Karins said.
After the meeting of U.S. President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in Geneva last week, Merkel offered Brussels to start a direct dialogue with Russia. German Chancellor states that the EU cannot just pass its relations with Russia to the White House for outsourcing and it should define its destiny.
The EU confronted the Kremlin due to a number of issues, including Ukraine, Belarus, and the Balkan Peninsula.
Earlier, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel has offered colleagues in the European bloc to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the summit of the EU leaders. The idea of Merkel to return to the dialogue with Russia was supported by French President Emmanuel Macron. Moreover, on June 23, the ambassadors of both countries presented the initiative at the meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU.
Earlier, President of the European Council Charles Michel held a phone talk with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Michel concluded that the relations between EU and Russia are at low.