Charles Michel and Vladimir Putin discuss EU-Russia relationsEuropost , Brussels
A phone call between the President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to discuss relations between the EU and Russia, took place on Monday. It comes ahead of the European Council meeting that will take place virtually on 25 and 26 March, during which will be held a strategic discussion on EU-Russia relations.
According to the readout of the conversation, disseminated by the EUCO spokesperson, President Michel expressed the view that EU-Russia ties are at a low point and confirmed the EU's approach of the five guiding principles, based on the EU's core values. There is currently disagreement in many areas.
“As from the EU perspective, the relationship with Russia can only take a different direction if there is sustained progress on issues like the implementation of the Minsk agreements, stopping hybrid and cyber-attacks on Member States and respect for human rights. In this context Alexey Navalny's case was raised. Charles Michel reiterated the EU's call on the Russian authorities to release Mr Navalny and proceed with a transparent investigation into the assassination attempt on him.”
The leaders also exchanged views on the Covid pandemic, on vaccines and on regional and global issues.