Russia is not seeking full European Union membership, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Scottish academic circles.
Russia remains the largest country in the world even after the collapse of the USSR, he noted. According to the President, there are formal difficulties on the way to joining the European Union, for instance, the consolidation of exterior borders. This is the necessary condition and needs much money and time, the Russian leader said.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part