Merkel says 'sovereign' EU should be able to talk to Putin
"The president of the US met for a serious talk with Vladimir Putin, which I did not have the impression was a reward for the Russian president," Merkel told a press conference after EU talks in Brussels.
Leaders rejected the push during hours of late-night wrangling in Brussels, with opponents arguing it risked sending the wrong message to Putin in the face of ongoing aggression from Moscow.
"We believe that it is far too premature and that now it would be a kind of reward for Russia's President, for his politics, but unfortunately aggressive policy, provoking neighbours, attacks of various kinds," Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.
He said that the bloc had "substantially shelved this idea, at least for the moment".