Plans by France and Germany to resume talks with Russia have failed, as many other EU leaders are skeptical about rejoining the Kremlin.
US President Joe Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, despite significant differences. Now, German and French leaders want to follow suit.
However, most EU leaders in Russia’s closest Baltic nations do not believe that there has been a change in behavior from Moscow that would guarantee new talks between the two sides.
In a speech on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said Moscow should not make concessions, only talks. He said the bloc would not ‘surrender’ its values or interests.
But Lithuanian President Gitanus Nowseda said on Friday: “It’s too early because we still don’t see any radical change in Putin’s behavior.”
The two leaders of the European Union need to unanimously agree to resume talks with Russia in order for such a meeting to take place.
Russia said on Friday that the EU was “hostage to an aggressive minority”, according to Reuters, citing the RIA Novosti news agency.
The European Union’s relations with Russia have deteriorated since 2014, when the Kremlin annexed Crimea – something that European leaders vehemently opposed.
Tensions escalated when EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visited Russia and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the EU a “untrustworthy partner”.