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Russia welcomes Ukraine’s desire to develop ties

By: | at 01:55 PM | International Trade  

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Thursday that Russia welcomed Kiev’s desire to improve trade ties with Moscow, signaling satisfaction with a Ukrainian government decision to suspend preparations for a landmark trade pact with the European Union.

“We welcome the desire to improve and develop trade and economic cooperation,” Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters. He called Ukraine a “close partner” and said Russia would respect any decision it made about the EU deal. (Reuters)