In this file photo dated Thursday, May 26, 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker speaks during a press conference in Shima, central Japan, Thursday, May 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, FILE)
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will attend a high-profile economic forum in Russia in June and meet President Vladimir Putin there, officials said Monday, as the EU weighs whether to renew economic sanctions against Moscow.While several EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel have visited Russia since it annexed Crimea in 2014, the trip will be Juncker's first as Europe's chief executive and has already stirred debate on the EU's fraught ties with Moscow.Schinas reiterated EU sanctions policy on Russia, saying that Juncker's June 16 visit was not "inconsistent" with it. EU leaders are due to decide at their June 28-29 summit on the sanctions, imposed over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.Juncker has been criticized by some European officials who take a hard line upholding economic sanctions imposed by the EU and United States on Russia following its annexation of Crimea and support for Ukrainian rebels.
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