In our opinion, Russia – EU relations should develop only on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and on the basis of genuine common interests of all Europeans. We hope that Europe’s interest in restoring fully functional relations with Russia will be important for the future leadership of the European Union.
There are always chances, there are always prospects. We are natural partners in several fields. We are close geographically, we share a common civilisational code; I cannot see such obstacles on the way towards restoring our relations that cannot be overcome. However, I repeat, many things will also depend on our European partners.
Vladimir Putin, Joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte