Russia seeks to restore full-fledged relations with EU: President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, pool)

Rome [Italy], July 4: Russian President Vladimir Putin has on Wednesday said the nation keen in restoring full-fledged ties between the European Union (EU) and Moscow.

“We are interested in restoring full-fledged relations between Russia and the European Union; in preserving peace; in ensuring security and stability on our common continent, the Russian president told Italy’s Corriere della Sera, as per Sputnik news reports.

Putin added, “We are ready for constructively working together with all political forces that have received mandates from European voters.”

Since 2014, relations between Russia and the EU have been soared ignited by the Ukranian crisis, “disinformation campaigns and negative internal developments”, according to the EU parliament.

According to Reuters news reports, the bloc has renewed its sanctions against Russia regularly since 2014 and also applies the “selective engagement” approach towards Moscow.

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EU leaders have on Tuesday struck a deal after long mulling over EU top jobs during the three-day summit and decided to name women for both the bloc’s most crucial jobs for the very first time.

Ursula von der Leyen, the German defence minister, was named to replace Jean-Claude Juncker at the post of European Commission head for the straight next five years.

Ex-French finance minister Christine Lagarde, currently serving as the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2011, is slated to take charge as the chief of the European Central Bank.


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