European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a meeting in the framework of St. Petersburg international economic forum agreed to maintain close contact. This was stated by the representative of the EU Vygaudas ušackas, reports “Interfax”.
“The meeting between President Putin and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was held in a good atmosphere. Juncker reiterated the thesis of his speech on the forum. The leaders agreed to maintain close contact”, — quotes Agency the words of the Usackas.
To answer the question, whether you discussed at the meeting, the subject of sanctions, the diplomat declined.
Earlier, Russia’s permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told reporters that Putin and Juncker at a meeting in the framework of SPIEF-2016 not started to discuss the subject of sanctions. “Energy was discussed, and sanctions were not discussed”, — he said. The main topic of the meeting between Putin and Juncker, he said, was the future of relations between Russia and the EU.
Earlier on Thursday, Juncker, speaking at a session of the SPIEF-2016, stated that he arrived at the St. Petersburg forum for dialogue with Moscow. “My presence today speaks to the fact that I want to build bridges,” he said. Touching upon the issue of sanctions, Juncker stressed that the only way for their withdrawal – the implementation of the Minsk agreements.