The Kremlin regrets that the European Union does not want to hold a Russian President Vladimir Putin summit.
A proposal on this, coming from Germany and France, was not supported by a majority of EU leaders on Thursday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov says Putin is still interested in improving relations with the European Union. Of Poland and the Baltic states, which believe a summit sends the wrong message, Peskov said they make “often unfounded statements” about threats from Russia.
The EU has not held summits with Russia for years.
This came to an end in 2014 after the Russians annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. The 27 leaders were unable to reach an agreement on Thursday about resuming these meetings.