Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his willingness to normalize relations with three European countries: Germany, Great Britain and Sweden.
Putin argued that Russia “regrets” the sharp deterioration of relations with key European NATO members and “hopes” for their normalization for mutual “benefits.”
According to him, the “freezing of relations” with Germany, once Gazprom’s largest customer and Russia’s most important trading partner in the EU, whose turnover has more than tripled since the start of the war and the imposition of sanctions, is “unprofitable . “
– In addition to political and economic ties, previously successfully developed contacts in the scientific, educational, cultural and humanitarian fields, as well as ties between civil societies, have also been suspended, Putin argued.
According to him, Russian-German relations are “important not only for both countries, but for the whole of Europe.”
Not just Germany. Putin wants better relations with Britain and Sweden
He went on to say that “until recently, cooperation was possible with Britain, which has become the leading European advocate for sanctions against Russia and military aid to Ukraine.” According to the Russian president, this was still the case in Soviet times, because there was an understanding of ‘special responsibility for maintaining world peace, stability and security’.
– But the current state of the dialogue with London is well known. Let us hope that the situation will continue to change for the better, in the interests of both our countries and our peoples, Putin said.
According to him, the breakdown in relations between Russia and Sweden is also “regrettable”. – There is a complete lack of political contacts, mutual trade and economic influence, and cultural and humanitarian ties are limited – he lamented.
He added that Sweden’s policy of non-participation in military alliances for more than 200 years has “brought undeniable benefits to the Swedish side,” while the current situation in bilateral relations “does not correspond to the true interests of any of our countries neither of the region nor of Europe as a whole.”
Source: Do Rzeczy
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