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He spoke with Putin, and later the head of the European Council said: EU-Russia relations have sunk to a minimum.

During a telephone conversation ahead of the EU summit, which begins on Thursday, the European Council released a copy of what Charles Michel said. Accordingly, the President of the Council of Europe stressed that it is the position of the European Union Relations with Russia can only be improved if there is sustained progress on such issues Such as the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the cessation of hybrid and cyber attacks against member states, and respect for human rights.

According to reports, the case of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was raised during the conversation. In this regard, Charles Michael reiterated the EU’s earlier call Russian authorities must release the opposition politician and conduct a public investigation to find a possible assassination attempt on him.

Michael and Putin exchanged views on the corona virus epidemic, vaccination campaigns and regional and global issues.

In their two-day video summit starting on Thursday, EU leaders will discuss the corona virus epidemic, single market, industrial policy, digital transformation, the state of the economy, the situation in the eastern Mediterranean and relations between Russia.

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