Merkel: EU needs direct dialogue with Russia

The European Union needs to achieve a direct dialogue with the Russian leadership, but at the same time develop a unified approach to provocations on the part of Moscow.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this on June 24 during a speech in the Bundestag.

“In my opinion, we, the European Union, should seek direct contact with Russia and the Russian president,” Merkel said.

At the same time, she mentioned the recently held summit of the presidents of the United States and the Russian Federation in Switzerland. The FRG Chancellor welcomed the fact of the talks, but pointed out that “it is not enough when the US President speaks with the RF President,” explaining that the EU should not stay away from the dialogue either.

At the same time, Merkel criticized the current EU approach to “provocations” by the Russian Federation.

“The events of recent months have clearly shown not only to Germany that it is wrong to react to Russian provocations in an uncoordinated manner,” she said, noting that such actions by the EU should be responded to “by joint and united efforts”.

According to her, a united Europe also needs to learn to resist the “hybrid offensive of Russia.”

“At the same time, the agenda should include common strategic interests (with Russia – ed.), For example, the area of ​​climate protection and, of course, the area of ​​peace and security, the settlement of the situation in Libya and Syria,” the Chancellor said.

On the eve of the Financial Times, citing diplomatic sources, Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron consider it necessary to consider the possibility of organizing an EU summit at the level of heads of state and government with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the future.

According to the newspaper, Berlin came to the conclusion that the RF-US summit in Geneva is an example of how to revive relations with Russia.

“Merkel regularly conducts negotiations with Putin, but calls for finding a format that will allow the EU to turn to Russia together,” the article says.

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Source: Русская весна by

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