Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday urged better ties in between Moscow and the European Union, stating the Kremlin “ready” for an improved relationship.
Attending to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos for the first time considering that 2009, Putin struck a conciliatory tone, saying Russia and Europe shared a typical history and required to return to a “favorable program”.
His appeal follows tens of countless Russians on Saturday protested in support of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, whose jailing has set off a wave of condemnations from Western countries.
Russia and Europe require to go back to a ‘positive’ agenda, Vladimir Putin informed the all-virtual World Economic Forum in Davos World Economic Forum (WEF)/ Handout
” Obviously, Western Europe and Russia ought to be together. Today’s circumstance is not regular,” Putin stated by video link.
” If we can rise above the problems of the previous then a favorable stage of relationships would await us.”
” But love is impossible if it is just stated by one side. It needs to be mutual,” Putin added.
The Russian leader also advised Europe to “get rid of the fears of the past” and said Moscow was gotten ready for an enhanced relationship.
Russian President Vladimir Putin prompts better ties in between Moscow and the European Union, declaring the Kremlin “ready” for an enhanced relationship KREMLIN
” We are prepared for it, we desire it,” Putin stated.
He did not define how Russia and Europe might improve ties.
Also on Wednesday, nevertheless, Russia’s foreign ministry stated Europe’s response to the circumstance with Navalny had “cast doubt on the very possibility of developing additional interaction with the European Union”.
The ministry included a declaration that the response was “the apogee of hostile actions”.
More recently, the West said Putin’s top domestic critic Navalny had also been targeted with Novichok. The Kremlin has repeatedly rejected the claims.
Navalny’s group has contacted the West to present brand-new sanctions against Russia and penalize billionaires viewed as close to Putin.