Vladimir Putin welcomes the start of a new dialogue with the EU, according to his spokesman.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes the commencement of a new discussion with the European Union (EU).
According to the Associated Press, the leaders of France and Germany stated they no longer want to deal with disputes with Russia indirectly by applying sanctions and other measures, and instead want to speak directly with Putin and Russia.
Neighboring countries such as Ukraine and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia, on the other hand, are leery of engaging in direct contact with Russia.
Putin is in favor of reinstating “direct ties between Brussels and Moscow” and “has spoken about it numerous times,” according to Peskov. “Both Brussels and Moscow are in desperate need of this conversation.”
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, expressed reservations about speaking with Russia, saying that “initiatives to begin EU summits with Russia without seeing any progress from the Russian side will be a dangerous departure from EU sanctions policy.”
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The initiative to communicate with Russia has been compared by countries surrounding Russia to trying to coax a bear out of stealing honey.
In its approach to Moscow, the European Union is fundamentally split. Russia is the EU’s largest natural gas supplier, and it is involved in a number of foreign wars and crises involving Europe’s strategic interests, such as the Iran nuclear deal and the Syrian and Libyan conflicts.
Germany’s economic interests in the region are substantial, particularly the NordStream 2 undersea pipeline project, and a number of nations, including France, are hesitant to continue waging sanctions against Russia, including after the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Putin is becoming increasingly autocratic, and he wants to separate himself from the West, according to the EU. Both the 27-nation commercial bloc and NATO’s military alliance are working hard to bring Russia to the negotiating table. The meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month was a rare exception.
“We must deal with Russia, but we must be very wary about Putin’s regime’s true intentions,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda told reporters at an EU summit in Brussels where the subject will be discussed. “So far, we haven’t seen any significant changes in Russia’s behavior pattern.”
“If, in the absence of any good improvements in Russia’s actions, we begin to engage,. This is a condensed version of the information.