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Congratulations to Jean-Claude Juncker on his election as President of the European Commission

July 15, 2014

Vladimir Putin congratulated Jean-Claude Juncker on his election to the post of President of the European Commission.

In his message of greeting, the Russian President stressed that Jean-Claude Juncker is assuming this position in a difficult time for all of Europe. Noting that relations between Russia and the European Union are being seriously tested, Vladimir Putin nevertheless expressed hope that they will continue to develop in the spirit of mutually advantageous strategic partnership.

The President of Russia also expressed his confidence that Mr Juncker’s high international authority, extensive political experience and principled dedication to the idea of European unity would contribute to the constructive work of the European Commission and would serve to enhance ties between Russia and the European Union.

July 15, 2014