Russia is ready to restore relations with European countries, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday in Moscow, “Rossiyskaya gazeta” reports.
“We lay special emphasis on our relations with Italy,” he underlined. Moscow and Rome have close ties in various spheres, including energy sector, industry, trade, investments, culture, education. “All this is very important, and I hope your visit will contribute to strengthening of our relations,” Russian premier told Mattarella and invited him to focus on development of economic ties.
Due to economic problems, trade turnover between countries have dropped from 54 to 20 billion over three years. External factors include fall of prices for a number of goods, including energy, while internal reasons include mutual sanctions.
"Our relations with the European Union are probably at a rather difficult point, but we are of course ready to restore the momentum of relations with all states," Medvedev stated.