Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Charles Michel on assuming the office of President of the European Council

The message reads, in part:

“In your capacity as prime minister of Belgium, you have made a major personal contribution to the development of friendly partner relations between Russia and Belgium. I have no doubt that your rich government and political experience will help you to facilitate the effective work of the European Council and to relaunch the mutually beneficial and constructive dialogue between Russia and the European Union.

I reaffirm the Russian Government’s readiness for active and fruitful collaboration with our colleagues on the European Commission.”