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Putin, EU Leaders Holding Summit Talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a Russia-EU summit in Yekaterinburg.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told European Union leaders that a dialogue on energy issues between Moscow and the European Union can be successful only if the two sides heed each other's interests.

Putin opened the talks with EU leaders in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg on June 4.

He said both sides have an interest in moving quickly forward on a new framework agreement to provide the legal basis for their partnership.

EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are taking part in the talks, which are expected to cover the global economy, energy, visa issues, and the situation in Syria.

The European Commission has said EU leaders would also bring up concerns about Russia's human rights record.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS