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Russia does not aim to split EU, - Putin

Russia does not aim to split EU, - Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Russia does not plan to weaken and split the EU supporting the Eurosceptic and populist movements as DW reported.
'On the contrary, we have to expand our cooperation with the EU', Putin claimed, adding that it is necessary due to the trade links.
'We are way more interested in the EU being united and flourishing because the EU is our most important trade and economic partner'.

However, Russia and the EU have a controversial opinion toward the number of the issues such as Syria and Ukraine. The West continues to extend anti-Russian sanctions, while Russia responds with the same measures.
The poisoning of ex-GRU officer also worsened the relations between Russian and the European countries; a lot of them expelled Russian diplomats, however, Austria restrained itself from such measure that makes the country a bridge between Russian and the EU.

As we reported earlier Putin excludes return of occupied Crimea to Ukraine on any terms. Putin called the events in February 2014 in Ukraine 'armed coup' one more time and explained the actions of the Russian army at the peninsula.
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