EU to Discuss “Economic Issues” with Russia

The European Commission (EC) has proposed that the European Union (EU) strengthen its interaction with Russia on complex economic issues, the EC report on relations between Russia and the EU said.

The EC has prepared a report at the request of the heads of EU countries. The document will be discussed at the next EU summit on June 24-25.

The EC proposes to strengthen “technical cooperation with the Russian government on a huge number of economic irritants.”

At a meeting in May, the heads of EU states briefly touched on the issue of interaction with Russia and instructed the EC to prepare a report on EU relations with Russia for the EU summit on June 24-25.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that in order to improve relations between Russia and the EU, it is necessary to effectively use the benefits of coexistence on one continent, which is “the engine of the growth of the world economy.”

“You can start small: start stable interaction between the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union,” Lavrov noted and added that Russia has long been calling on Europe to do this.

Russia and Europe have established technical contacts between the commissions on certain issues. “But we believe that the time has come for political contacts as well,” Lavrov stressed.