“Russia has no intention to abandon the European continent, either economically, or politically, or mentally,” Medvedev said in an article published by the Rossiiskaya Gazeta on Wednesday.”The relations could be changing in the future, but the strategic direction will remain inevitable — cooperation, partnership, and, with favorable conditions, even the creation of a unified economic space,” Medvedev stressed.
At the same time, Russia will boost its cooperation efforts in the “eastern direction,” developing closer ties with the Asia Pacific region, members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS states, the premier said, adding that this trend should not be interpreted as “a shift in Moscow’s geopolitical orientation.”
While speaking about the economic situation in Russia, Medvedev said that neither a quick deterioration of the economic situation nor a swift economic recovery were likely to happen in the country.
Medvedev said that the geopolitical struggle and anti-Russian sanctions were only part of current global trends that determined the situation in Russian economy, adding that their underlying fundamental cause was “the deep transformation of the world order.”
Full article: Russia’s Strategic Partnership with Europe Inevitable – PM Medvedev (Sputnik News)