EU's Juncker accepts invite to Russia: spokeswoman

Reuters News
Posted: May 30, 2016 3:51 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has agreed to attend an event in Russia next month, a Commission spokeswoman said on Monday, in a move that may stir debate on the EU's fraught relations with Moscow.

"President Juncker has been invited and plans to participate in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on 16 June," the spokeswoman said.

Ten days ago, EU officials had said it was unclear if Juncker, who has called for better relations with Russia, would accept the invitation from the Kremlin, though Russian officials were then expecting him to attend.

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