Putin on Russia-EU relations: 1-sided relationships should be abandoned

Russian President Vladimir Putin: "Russia and the European Union have come to a crossroads."

Russian President Vladimir Putin: "Russia and the European Union have come to a crossroads."

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Greek newspaper publishes article by Russian president ahead of his visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow so far sees no willingness from the European Union to resume the partnership dialogue, and urged Europeans to consider carefully the future of their relations with Russia.

"Russia proceeds from the need to establish dialogue with the European Union in the spirit of equality and genuine partnership on a variety of issues ranging from visa liberalization to the formation of an energy alliance. However, we do not yet see our European colleagues' willingness to follow such a mutually beneficial and promising path," Putin wrote in an article for the Greek newspaper Kathimerini ahead of his visit to Greece.

At the same time, "our relations with the EU do not face any problems that we cannot solve," the president wrote.

"To get back to a multifaceted partnership, the deficient approach of one-sided relationships should be abandoned. There should be true respect for each other's opinions and interests," the president wrote.

"Today, Russia and the European Union have come to a crossroads, where we need to answer the following question: how do we see the future of our relations and which way are we going to head?" Putin wrote.

He urged European partners to "draw appropriate conclusions from the events in Ukraine and proceed to establishing, in the vast space stretching between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, a zone of economic and humanitarian cooperation based on the architecture of equal and indivisible security."

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