EU must seek 'direct contact' with Putin to settle differences, Merkel says

EU must seek
# 24 June 2021 19:53 (UTC +04:00)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the European Union had to create a "format for dialogue" with Russia and its President Vladimir Putin to settle differences, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"In my opinion, we as the European Union must also seek direct contact with Russia and the Russian president", Merkel told the Bundestang. Climate and security were among the EU's common strategic interests with Russia, the chancellor argued.

She added that it was "not enough for the American president to talk to the Russian president".

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