: EC reiterates Juncker's visit to Russia not mean 'softening' of European position

17:51 Jun. 10, 2016

EC reiterates Juncker's visit to Russia not mean 'softening' of European position

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker speaks during a press conference in Shima, central Japan, May 26, 2016

Both the U.S. and the E.U. are deeply concerned over the European Commission leader's St. Petersburg trip

The press secretary of the European Commission Mina Andreeva reiterates that the participation of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum does not mean a "softening" of the position of Brussels against Moscow, and UNIAN correspondent in Brussels reports.

In this regard, Andreeva quoted Juncker, who said: "I find it very important to try at least economic questions to move towards Russia but I can assure you there won't be a "softening" of European positions in St. Petersburg." "And I think we already outlined before that, of course, such a meeting what provide an opportunity to discuss EU-Russian relations and a broader range of topics," Andreeva said in Brussels on Friday.

Read also EU sanctions against Russia to remain in place until full implementation of Minsk II: Juncker 

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will be held on June 16-18.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the situation in Ukraine during the meeting at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

"In general, E.U.-Russia relations is the exchange of views in regard to current regional problems – Syria and Ukraine, but overall it is an attempt to still look at where we are going with regard to Russia and the EU, and even against the background of remaining discords  – what are the opportunities to maintain and develop a dialogue," Peskov told journalists.


 

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