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Russian, EU leaders discuss eurozone aid

12-15-2011 09:09 BJT

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Brussels for dinner with the EU’s two presidents - Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who heads the executive, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, who represents member state governments.

Officials say the presidents of the European Union and Russia are likely to discuss possible Russian contributions to stability in the eurozone. They are to hold a summit on Wednesday and Thursday.

Existing plans to help indebted countries involve money channelled via the International Monetary Fund, and the European Financial Stability Facility, or EFSF, the eurozone’s temporary bailout fund. Russia has said that it will consider requests to provide help via the IMF. But last month, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin criticized the structure of the EFSF.

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) chairs a meeting at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow, on December 13. Medvedev held his last summit with EU leaders Wednesday, amid divergences over energy, Syria and Iran, and set against European demands for clean elections. (AFP Photo/Dmitry Astakhov)



Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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