MOSCOW, April 8. /TASS/. The best way of resolving the problems of the countries' mutual restrictions is to stop the sanctions war, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday following talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. "The best way to resolve these problems is to stop any sanctions wars and the appropriate retaliatory measures on our part," Vladimir Putin said, answering the reporters’ question on the possibility of improving trade relations with Greece, including in the field of agriculture.
The Russian president noted that "Russia and Greece had always maintained good relations." "That’s the way it is in practice," he said. "Greece had to vote for imposing sanctions against Russia, and Moscow’s retaliatory measures have certainly hurt Greece, but that’s not our fault," Putin added.
According to the Russian president, agricultural products accounted for 50% of imports from Greece to the Russian market. "But we could not act otherwise, we cannot make an exception for any one country of the European Union," he said.
Putin believes that one of the ways of resolving the current problems of interaction with Greece in the field of agriculture is setting up joint ventures in this area. "Today we talked about the possibility of expanding cooperation, including through the establishment of joint ventures," Putin said. "If we proceed on this path, we will inflict no damage to Russia, our commodity producers, since they are involved in this process."