Putin noted that relations between Russia and European countries are now abnormal, but they should return to dialogue
Russia and Europe should be together. Russian President Vladimir Putin said this during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Putin said that relations between Russia and European countries are not normal, but they should return to dialogue. According to the President, both Moscow and Brussels should be equally interested in cooperation.
Putin stressed that Russia and Europe share fundamental values, including culture. “In fact, it is one civilization,” he said.
The World Economic Forum in Davos this year is taking place in an online format because of the coronavirus pandemic. Putin last spoke at the event in 2009. Then he was the head of the Russian government.
EU authorities regularly criticize Moscow for harassing opposition activists and violating human rights. A number of EU countries have proposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the arrest of Alexei Navalny and the detentions of protesters in his support.