Rus­sia has no grudge against EU, ready to im­prove ties: Putin Will work with any­one elected US pres­i­dent

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

ST PETERS­BURG—Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin also Rus­sia did not hold a grudge against the Euro­pean Union and was ready to work to im­prove re­la­tions with the bloc, which he said was still a key trade part­ner.

Speak­ing at the an­nual St Peters­burg In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic Fo­rum, Putin played down eco­nomic dif­fi­cul­ties caused by West­ern sanc­tions im­posed over the Ukraine cri­sis and low in­ter­na­tional oil prices, paint­ing a bullish pic­ture of an econ­omy that is on the mend and open for busi­ness with for­eign part­ners.

“We do not hold a grudge and are ready to meet our Euro­pean part­ners half­way,” Putin told the fo­rum. “But it cer­tainly can­not be a one-way game.”

He made his com­ments on the same day as the EU an­nounced it would ex­tend sanc­tions against Rus­sia im­posed in re­tal­i­a­tion for Moscow’s an­nex­a­tion of Crimea in 2014.

De­spite lin­ger­ing ten­sions over Ukraine, there are ten­ta­tive signs of a thaw in re­la­tions, in­clud­ing Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker’s pres­ence at the St Peters­burg fo­rum.

Putin said Rus­sia had weath­ered re­cent eco­nomic dif­fi­cul­ties suc­cess­fully, cit­ing fall­ing in­fla­tion and cap­i­tal flight and the preser­va­tion of for­eign ex­change States,.

“Amer­ica is a great power, to­day prob­a­bly the only su­per­power, we ac­cept that,” Putin said at the St Peters­burg In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic Fo­rum. “We want to and are ready to work with the United States. “The world needs such a pow­er­ful coun­try as the United States and we need it... But we do not need them to con­stantly in­ter­fere into our af­fairs, tell us how to live.” U.S. Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump is a flam­boy­ant per­son, Rus­sia’s Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said on Fri­day, re­fer­ring to pre­vi­ous com­ments he had made. “I have said he is flam­boy­ant,” Putin told the St Peters­burg In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic Fo­rum. “He is, isn’t he? I did not give any other as­sess­ment of him.”

He also said that based on Trump’s re­marks, he fa­vors restor­ing full U.S.Rus­sia re­la­tions.

“What’s wrong with that?” Putin asked.—Reuters

KUN­MING: Del­e­ga­tion of South Asian jour­nal­ists in a group photo with Wang Lin, pro­pri­etor and other of­fi­cials of China News Ser­vice dur­ing their visit to the CNS Yun­nan prov­ince of­fice.

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