Tuesday, 5 June 2018

President Vladimir Putin says Russia not aiming to divide EU

President Vladimir Putin has insisted Russia is not trying to split the European Union.

He was speaking hours before arriving in Austria, on his first trip to Western Europe in almost a year.

He told Austrian ORF television he wanted a "united and prosperous" EU, calling it Russia's most important commercial and economic partner.

The pro-Putin United Russia party has close links with far-right parties in the EU, which alarms many liberals.

The two populist parties now ruling Italy favour closer ties with Moscow and are both Eurosceptic.

BBC     News.

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