Moscow not planning to curtail relations with Europe, U.S. - Putin

Russia will on no occasion seek to curtail cooperation with Europe and the United States but will also develop its ties with South America and Middle Eastern countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Russia will on no occasion seek to curtail cooperation with Europe and the United States but will also develop its ties with South America and Middle Eastern countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"We are not going to curtail our relations with Europe and America under any circumstances, but at the same time we will be restoring and broadening our traditional ties with the south of the American continent and will continue cooperation with Africa and Middle Eastern countries," Putin said in an address to the Federal Assembly on Thursday.

Russia will be broadening its presence in regions where integration processes are gaining momentum, "where politics and economy are not mixed but, on the contrary, where barriers in the way of trade, exchange of technologies and investments, and free movement of people are being removed," he said.

Putin mentioned rapid development of the Asia-Pacific region.

"Russia, as a Pacific power, will use this huge potential comprehensively. The leaders and locomotives of global economic development are well-known. There are quite a few of our sincere friends or strategic partners among them," he said.

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