European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen plans to develop new proposals for forms of communication with Russia, including through the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. During the EU summit on May 25 this year. she said that the relevant criteria will be set out in the EU report on relations with Russia, the development of which will be completed by the end of June this year.
Asked about the Nord Stream-2 pipeline, she said the EU’s attempts to improve the EU’s economic relations with Russia had not yielded positive results for years and decades. Economic cooperation is becoming increasingly difficult over time. In addition, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already demonstrated an attempt to reach an agreement with the US government in a dispute over the pipeline. The US decision not to impose any sanctions on European companies in advance is welcomed by Berlin, Merkel said at the end of the EU summit.
During a special summit in Brussels, EU heads of state and government sharply criticized Moscow. The summit declaration described “Russia’s illegal, provocative and destructive activities against the EU, its member states and beyond.” The European Commission and its High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, are due to review relations with Russia before the next EU summit in one month. On this basis, a strategic debate should be held, the German publication notes.