Russia speaks for a dialogue in the spirit of partnership with the EU on a broad spectrum of problems from easing visa issuance regulations to energy but it is does not see any signs of mutual readiness from the opposite side, Vladimir Putin said in an article published on Thursday by the Greek daily Kathimerini. The newspaper published it ahead of Putin's visit to Greece.
"We think there are no irresolvable problems in our relations with the EU," he wrote. "To get back to the track of multidimensional partnership, it is important to give up the vicious logic of one-sided games and to take account of one another's opinions and interests."
He said Russia spoke in favor of building equitable and truly partner-like dialogue with the EU "on a broadest possible spectrum of issues from easing the issuance of travel visas to setting up an energy alliance, but so far we have not seen any readiness to meet us halfway."
Putin called attention to the impediments that the slump in Russian-EU relations put up for a further consolidation of Russian-Greek cooperation.
"It affects badly the dynamics of bilateral trade that has reduced by a third versus last year to $2.75 billion," he wrote. "Greek agricultural producers have been affected particularly badly."
First published by TASS.
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