Surprising claim by Putin: Wants to cooperate with Europe

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.05 - 2023 8:08 AM CET

Surprising claim by Putin.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has not turned away from the European nations and continues to clarify his position to them, demonstrating that it is more beneficial for them to emerge from under US dominance. This is at least what Putin wants to signal.

According to Ura News, Russia is ready for mutually beneficial cooperation and the restoration of relations with European states, he announced during the ceremony of presenting credentials by foreign ambassadors, with a particular focus on working with Germany.

Putin accepted credentials from 21 newly arrived foreign ambassadors in a traditional ceremony held in the Grand Kremlin Palace's Alexander Hall. In his welcoming speech, the president emphasized the current complex global situation and the turbulent state of the world. He pointed out that a new, fairer multipolar world order is replacing the old unipolar system.

The Russian leader stressed that Russia is ready to develop close partnerships with all countries that reciprocate. He also assured that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia will continue to contribute to resolving acute regional and global problems.

Putin specifically addressed relations with several European countries, noting previously positive developments and expressing hope for the possibility of resuming equal, mutually beneficial dialogue. Regarding Germany, he remarked that for over half a century, the countries had managed to develop pragmatic business cooperation, benefiting both states and the entire European continent.

However, he mentioned that the cooperation was undermined, including by the sabotage on the "Nord Stream" pipelines. He added that Russia continues to advocate for building Russian-German relations on principles of equality, mutual benefit, and respect for each other's interests.

President Putin's speech conveyed a conciliatory tone towards countries currently unfriendly to Russia, according to Sergey Oznobishchev, Director of the Independent Institute for Strategic Assessments. He interpreted the speech as signaling an expectation of restoring relations, primarily for dialogue in the interests of Russia's own security and arms control.

Pavel Danilin, Director of the Center for Political Analysis, agreed that Putin is again trying to convey to Europe that Russia is ready for cooperation on mutually beneficial terms. He emphasized the importance of maintaining diplomatic relations to solve various problems.

Natalya Makeeva, Deputy Director of the Center for Geopolitical Expertise, saw in the president's speech a signal to European countries that Russia is waiting for the awakening of a true Europe, not under the yoke of the USA. She added that the process of renewing dialogue between Russia and Europe would be gradual, with changes potentially initiated by countries like Hungary and Poland, whose populations are growing tired.

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