“President Michel conveyed the European Council's position on EU-Russia relations and that in their May discussions, EU leaders condemned the illegal, provocative and disruptive Russian activities against the EU, its member states and others. The EU stands united and in solidarity in face of such acts. The EU-Russia relations are at a low. This situation or its further deterioration is in neither side's interest,” the message says.
During the phone talk with the Russian leader, Charles Michel has underlined that the EU continues to stick to five ruling principles in relations with Russia.
“During the call, the European Council president reiterated the EU's unwavering support to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and stressed Russia's share of responsibility in fully implementing the Minsk agreements,” the message says.
The sides have also discussed the situation in Belarus. Michel conveyed the EU’s position to the Russian side on the forcible landing by the Belarusian authorities of Ryanair plane and informed them about the sanctions that were introduced by the EU after the incident. Michel has noted that it is important for the Belarusian authorities to release the political prisoners, stop repressions and start the inclusive national dialogue.
“Russia can play an important role in supporting a peaceful settlement of the crisis”.
The presidents also exchanged opinions on Libya, the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict as well as on the Covid pandemic, vaccines, and other global issues.
The meeting of U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin will take place in Geneva on June 16. Relevant information was confirmed by the Kremlin and the White House.