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ST. PETERSBURG, June 4 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is dissatisfied with the progress of negotiations between Russia and the EU on an easier visa regime.
He devoted a major part of the opening at the 29th Russia-EU summit to the visa issue. Putin stressed that true partnership between Russia and the European Union “is impossible with existing visa barriers in the way of contacts between people.”
The president told the European leaders participating in the summit the story which had happened two days earlier to reporters of his pool during the visits to Germany and France. Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told the president that the Russian reporters received visas for only one-day stay. “And as we started a news conference rather late, there was a threat their visas could expire. What were they supposed to do – stand up and leave?” Putin asked Chairman of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and Chairman of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.
“Our intention is to continue the dialogue in a practical mood on the principles of equal partnership,” Putin said.