Putin expressed readiness to meet Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russia was not the initiator of the collapse, disorder and problems,” the imposition of sanctions, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF).

“All our actions were and remain exclusively back. But we, that is, as we have the saying, evil does not hold and ready to meet our European partners, but it certainly can’t be a one-sided game”, — he stressed.

Putin urged the European Union to restore cooperation with Russia. “We need to regain the trust in European-Russian relations and to restore the level of cooperation,” he said.

The EU after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 imposed against a number of Russians and Russian companies with sanctions, and later significantly expanded sanctions lists. In August of the same year, in response Russia imposed food embargo.