14 June 2016, 13:39 GMT
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker are expected to discuss the issue of uncontrolled refugee inflows from the Middle East and North Africa to the European Union at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said Tuesday.
"It is supposed to consider the situation in Syria, Ukraine, and the situation with uncontrolled inflows of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa to the European Union," Ushakov said.
According to Ushakov, the sides are also due to pay specific attention to normalization of trade, economic and investment cooperation, as Russia is the fourth largest trade partner for the 28-nation bloc and maintains its leading positions among exporters of natural gas, oil and petroleum products to the European Union.
The SPIEF-2016 will be held on June 16-18. The forum is organized annually and attended by business representatives and officials from dozens of countries.