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Merkel and Macron may invite Putin to the EU summit

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron may invite Vladimir Putin to meet with the leaders of the European Union, the Financial Times reports, citing sources in Brussels.

According to the newspaper, Berlin adheres to the position that Vladimir Putin's recent talks with Joe Biden can become a “template for reviving relations” with Moscow. According to the article, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already held consultations on this, inviting French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi to Berlin.

On Tuesday, the German Die Zeit published an article by Putin entitled “To be open, despite the past”, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. In it, the Russian president pointed out the problems that hinder the development of relations between Russia and Europe, but noted that “Moscow stands for the restoration of a comprehensive partnership.”

If the information is correct and Berlin and Paris want to invite Putin to a certain summit, what can this be connected with?

As the Financial Times reminds, the holding of Russia — EU summits with the participation of Putin was discontinued after the annexation of Crimea to Russia. According to the newspaper, French and German diplomats presented the initiative on Wednesday at a meeting with envoys from other EU countries, and some members of the bloc were simply “unsettled” by the proposal. In particular, the article mentions Poland and the Baltic States, which advocate a tougher approach to relations with Moscow.

Among other things, Berlin suggested that Brussels soften the language about Russia in the final statement of the May EU summit and emphasize the EU's readiness to “selectively interact” with Moscow within the framework of mutual interests. The European Commission is asked to identify “concrete proposals and levers of interaction” with Moscow in a number of areas.

On Tuesday, the day of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, Angela Merkel called Vladimir Putin. The Chancellor expressed empathy for the events of 80 years ago, and both leaders stressed the need to preserve historical memory.

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