Relations with Europe must not depend on the political situation, Putin said

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurtz. 28 February 2018Relations with Europe must not depend on the political situation, Putin said© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal the image Bank

Made conditional on the centuries-old economic ties between Russia and Europe from a political conjuncture is a bug and has poor prospects, said President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

«You know, we’re not just a good and longstanding relationship with the European countries, for example, with Austria: they are deep-seated in the mists of time leaving our relationship. And, of course, dependent on the current political situation here is these relationships that have evolved over centuries, it was a mistake and a bad future», — Putin said at a press conference following talks with Federal Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurtz.

The President also stressed Russia’s readiness to initiate bilateral socio-economic ties with European countries.

«We are ready to do anything to correct this situation», — concluded Putin.

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