EU split on whether to meet Putin as bloc toughens stance on Russia

Published by

The European Union resolved to toughen its stance on Russia with the threat of harsher sanctions at a summit on Thursday, but could not agree on whether to hold high-level talks with President Vladimir Putin. Instead of leaders meeting with the Kremlin chief, they will look for alternatives for dialogue, German Chancellor Angela Merkel – who had backed direct talks with Putin – announced. “What’s important for me is that a dialogue format continues,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “I personally would have wished for a bolder step.” Amid a deterioration of relations, the 27 heads of stat…

Read More