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Spokeswoman says Juncker to discuss EU-Russia ties with Putin at SPIEF

June 10, 17:25 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
The agenda also includes Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, regional problems, Syria and Ukraine
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

© AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File

BRUSSELS, June 10. /TASS/. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker plans to discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin relations between the EU and Russia as the two will meet on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a European Commission spokeswoman told a news conference in Brussels on Friday.

"I am sure that they will be discussing relations between the European Union and Russia next week," Mina Andreeva said, noting also that last time the EC president and the Russian leader met in Brisbane in November 2014.

Andreeva quoted Juncker as saying in Luxemburg on May 30 that he saw it as important to try to progress at least on economic issues with Russia as well as stressing that there would not be easing of the EU stance. "We will not see a weakening of European positions," Juncker said.

Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin and Juncker would discuss Syria, Ukraine and development of Russian-EU dialogue at the meeting on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on June 16.

"In general, (the meeting will focus on) relations between Russia and EU, on exchanging opinions on current regional problems - Syria and Ukraine. The main thing is the attempt to look at where we are heading in the relations between Russia and the European Union, and even against the backdrop of existing disagreements, what opportunities there are to support and develop dialogue," Peskov said.

At the same time, the Kremlin spokesman did not rule out that Putin and Juncker will also discuss Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. "Theoretically, it cannot be ruled out. However, I cannot say whether they will have time for that," Peskov noted.

"Russia and European countries carry out a wide range of trade and economic relations which in some kind of way fall under regulation of the European Commission, and Nord Stream 2 is among such big projects at the stage of implementation," he added.

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