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EU's Juncker defends attendance at Russia forum, says talks vital

REUTERS
Published Jun 16, 2016, 4:46 pm IST
Updated Jun 16, 2016, 4:46 pm IST
Jean-Claude Juncker said he was expecting 'frank' talks with Vladimir Putin on a range of subjects
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. (Photo: AP)
 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. (Photo: AP)

St Petersburg, Russia: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker defended his decision to attend an economic forum in Russia on Thursday, saying it was common sense to talk to Moscow despite lingering tensions over the Ukraine crisis.

Juncker said he was aware that some people might not approve of his visiting Russia for talks at a time when EU sanctions on Moscow remained in place, but that he thought it was the right thing to do.

 

He said he was expecting "frank" talks with President Vladimir Putin on a range of subjects.

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