Putin Calls for Accelerated Negotiations on Russia-EU Visa-free Regime
    2012-09-26 17:41:08     Xinhua       Web Editor: Fuyu

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday urged the European Union (EU) to speed up bilateral talks on visa-free travel between the two sides.

During a press conference following a Tuesday meeting with Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Putin said Russia wanted a visa-free regime with the EU as quickly as possible.

"I am very pleased that Mr. Prime Minister shares this approach. I hope that our other colleagues, including colleagues from the European Commission, will also work on implementing these joint goals more actively," Putin said.

Juncker, for his part, said the issue must be resolved adequately in line with "the ambitious objectives that stand before Russia and the European Union in their cooperation."

He thanked Putin for "understanding Luxembourg's concerns on eliminating visas," while adding that "We fully understand Russia's position."

The two leaders also discussed the debt crisis in the euro zone, Putin told reporters, noting that it is necessary to discuss the subject with Juncker, who has presided over the Euro Group for many years.

Juncker thanked Russia for "its policies demonstrating loyalty and consistency toward the euro zone, which is of decisive importance for us."

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