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MOSCOW, May 7 (Itar-Tass) — President Vladimir Putin said Russia’s goal in relations with the European Union was to create a common economic and human space from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
In his decree, “On Measures to Implement Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation”, Putin said the Russian Foreign Ministry “should achieve a strategic goal in relations with the European Union: to create a common economic and human space from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean”.
The head of state “called for signing an agreement with the EU to cancel visas for short-term trips, defending the principles of equality and mutual benefit while working on a new basic agreement on strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and the European Union and facilitating the implementation of the Partnership for Modernisation programme”.
Putin also instructed the Foreign Ministry “to develop mutually advantageous energy partnership in order to create a common energy complex of Russia in full compliance with the existing bilateral and multilateral agreements”.