Merkel calls on EU to discuss Russia-related problems with Putin rather than internally

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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# 28 June 2021 15:10 (UTC +04:00)

It is better for EU nations to discuss problems in relations with Russia directly with Moscow rather than among themselves, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, APA reports citing TASS.

"I think it would be better to not merely continue discussing it among ourselves but to also organize a discussion on these matters with the Russian president [Vladimir Putin] and say that successful cooperation is impossible on such a basis," she said. "Indeed, relations between the European Union and Russia are bad but negotiations were conducted even during the Cold War. In this context, I don’t think that silence can lead to problem resolution. We have outlined the topics we want to discuss with Russia and are working on the format and conditions with which talks with Russia can be held."

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