Russia ready to develop relations with Germany, but reciprocal steps needed - Putin

Moscow and Berlin will normalize their relations and will make them constructive, but this depends not only on Russia, says Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Moscow and Berlin will normalize their relations and will make them constructive, but this depends not only on Russia, says Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We have had very warm and reliable relations for years. And we will certainly be doing all we can to preserve and develop them in the interests of Russia, Germany, the European continent and the world economy," Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 19.

Asked by a moderator on the future of Russian-German relations, taking into consideration that he formerly had good relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin replied that "the future of relations with any country depends not only on Russia."

"This is a reciprocal process, and it cannot be pursued positively by purely unilateral actions," he said.

Moscow is "seeking to develop relations with the FRG [Federal Republic of Germany]," he said.

Putin agreed that the volume of trade between Russia and European countries has lowered, but pointed out that the EU still remains Russia's largest trade partner.

"And the Federal Republic [of Germany] is the first among all European countries. And I hope problems will go, and we will continue to develop our relations. We are prepared for this," he said.

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