“EU changes strategy of closer engagement with Russia to build on discussions with Moscow in the wake of US president Joe Biden’s Geneva summit with Vladimir Putin,” the message says.
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.
Germany sees in the meeting of Putin and Biden the model for the revival of the relations of the EU with Russia. The topics of mutual interest, which enable the possible “restricted interaction” of Brussels and Moscow, are climate issues, environment, cross-border cooperation, healthcare, fight against terrorism, and third countries such as Syria and Iran.
“In this regard, the European Council calls for a review of the existing format of dialogue with Russia, including meetings at leaders’ level,” the proposed draft says.
Meanwhile, one of the diplomatic sources says that the offer of Berlin and Paris on relations with Moscow was opposed by other EU countries, especially the Baltic countries and Poland.
The tradition of the European summits with the participation of Russia interrupted in 2014 after the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea’s peninsula.
On June 16, the talks of U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin took place in Geneva.
It was the first meeting of Biden and the Russian leader since he assumed the presidential office.
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.