The former Prime Minister of France Francois Fillon said that in the end Russia's isolation there has been a growing division between West and East, and Europe needs to acknowledge that.
"in the end we found ourselves in a position where we're in lockdown between them. Frankly, this insulation are trying to use. Anyway for the Russian Federation it is provided fresh opportunities. Russia drew attention to a greater extent on Asia, the BRICS, and drew attention to develop Relations with Russian-speaking communities of the former Soviet republics, " said Fillon in the process of the St. Petersburg international economic forum.
because of this, according to his statement, there is an increasing division between the West and the East, "which we must recognize and we have to regret," he added.
Fillon also said the situation in Ukraine.
"The Minsk agreement must be fully complied with and done. We must lay down their arms, stop with weapons of conflict. International pressure must be aimed at ending the conflict, must be strengthened. We must demonstrate to all parties to the conflict that these decisions will be made that we are all ready to solve the problem, " he said.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. In mid-March 2014, the United States, European Union, Australia, New Zealand and Canada have enacted measures to provide for the freezing of assets and visa restrictions on individuals and entities included in the special lists, as well as on business Relationships with these individuals and organizations also were closed contacts and cooperation with the Russian Federation and Russian organizations in different fields. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from countries that have entered against her punishment: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.