06:44 GMT25 July 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the first one to propose a EU summit with Russia's participation, while French President Emmanuel Macron supported the idea, which now should be discussed by the European Union.

    "There are no practical preparations so far. The point is, this initiative was indeed put forward by Merkel and supported by President Macron, but the key discussion will be carried out within the EU with participation of other member states, therefore it is important to understand whether they agree on this or not," Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

    Kremlin Welcomes Initiative to Hold EU-Russia Summit

    Russia welcomes the initiative of holding a summit of Russia and the European Union, since both Moscow and Brussels need dialogue, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added.

    Financial Times reported, citing diplomatic sources, that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron want the EU to consider holding a summit with participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "We positively assess this initiative. Putin is in favor of restoring mechanisms for dialogue and contacts between Brussels and Moscow, President Putin has repeatedly said that both Brussels and Moscow need this dialogue. Of course, we follow the summit that starts today  in Brussels very closely, as well as the comments regarding this potential dialogue," Peskov told reporters.
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