Vladimir Putin calls on the EU to normalize relations with Russia during his annual speech at the St. Petersburg international economic forum, said Bloomberg’s three unnamed Russian official familiar with the preparations for the forum. Statement by the Russian President is scheduled for June 17.
Agency sources say that Putin would not offer EU concessions regarding Ukraine. Other details of preparing Putin’s speech Bloomberg does not.
At SPIEF-2016 major European politicians will attend the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi. Particular attention was drawn to visit at SPIEF Juncker as two weeks after the forum in Saint-Petersburg will host the EU summit which will consider the question of extending sanctions against Russia by six months. According to the publication Politico, citing diplomatic sources, a number of Western countries, including Britain and the United States, condemned the visit of Juncker at the SPIEF. Juncker himself called not to link their presence at the forum with the lifting of sanctions against Russia. Juncker will meet with Putin and will discuss with the Russian leader, the state of relations between Russia and the EU. According to the press-Secretary of Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Putin and Juncker will try to see where we go in our relations between Russia and the EU.”
A spokesman for Juncker, Margaritis Schinas Financial Times, Juncker went to St. Petersburg, not as a negotiator, as a mediator,” and all who are expecting the visit of the cadets of something else, “will be disappointed”. “Juncker has dedicated his political career dialogue. When relations between neighbours are strained to the limit, he believes that they should continue to talk,” — said Shinas.
In late April, a Federal official told that the agenda SPIEF this year will be “directed outward”. According to the source , Putin would like to send Western businesses a signal that the foreign business, which is now back in Russia, will receive more dividends because do it before the others.