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Two tough days to reach a deal, Estonia's Ratas says of EU summit

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas makes a statement as he arrives for the first face-to-face EU summit since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium July 17, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Estonia’s Prime Minister Juri Ratas called on Friday for a strong European economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying EU leaders had two tough days of negotiations ahead of them to reach a deal.

“We have two hard and difficult days today and tomorrow, but I think we need a fast strong and united response to the unprecedented crisis and the pandemic,” Ratas told reporters on arrival.

Reporting by Brussels newsroom

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