Source Pravda.Ru

President Putin makes arrangements for Italian visit

President Vladimir Putin is making arrangements for an upcoming state visit to Italy. The Russian leader said this as meeting Silvio Berlusconi, President of the Italian Council of Ministers, in the Kremlin Tuesday.

Mr. Berlusconi was hopeful the Kremlin meeting would help arrange the Italian visit, due on November 5-6.

President Putin's state visit will take place shortly after a Russia-EU summit, recalled the Italian premier. The summit will take place in Italy, which is holding the rotating chairmanship in the European Union.

The Russian leader expressed hope for further progress of cooperation between Russia and the EU.

Russia is closely following all developments in the EU, said Vladimir Putin.

"We see the temperature rise in the European agencies, the European Parliament included, but very much hope that all the internal political differences, which are only natural for a democratic society, will not hinder the development of relations in a constructive way," said President Putin.

"Russia and united Europe will then make a stride in developing their relations," he added.

Russia is interested in cooperation with the EU, since the Union, particularly when it enlarges to admit the Baltic and some other republics, will account for over 50% of Russia's foreign trade, recalled the president.

The EU stands to gain from economic contacts with Russia as well, believes President Putin. Russia is Europe's major energy partner. Energy contacts with Russia will get increasingly more important for Europe in the next decades, according to the Russian president.

"We all stand to gain from developing relations," said Vladimir Putin.

"And it goes without saying that Russia-EU contacts in the area of global and European security are absolutely vital," the President added.

More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse?

Venezuela may expect another Panama scenario from 1989
Comments
Ukraine's exit from Commonwealth of Independent States will affect common Ukrainians most
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
Russian air defences ready to shoot down NATO drones and reconnaissance aircraft over Crimea
Russian stock market, national currency collapse because of US sanctions
Russian stock market, national currency collapse because of US sanctions
Russians massively break traffic rules on Crimea Bridge
Putin’s spokesman: Total blockade of Russia impossible
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously
Foreign Ministry official explains why Russia had to sell Alaska to US
Kremlin on failed nuclear missile tests: 'Listen to President Putin and believe him!'
Attempts to blame Russia for MH17 disaster continue zealously