Russia is interested in peace in Ukraine, and it has nothing to do with the fact that the country is under sanctions, said Russian President Vladimir Putin foreign businessmen, said 1st Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, who participated in the meeting.
"One of the speakers casually said that you (Russia) have expressed early interest in the world because you're under punishment, and the Manager said that we had expressed interest in the world not because we are under the punishment, but because we have great connections with Ukrainians, citizens die there, and most Russians want peace in Ukraine, and not because we are under sanctions ", - quotes RIA "news" words of Shuvalov. Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the US imposed penalties against a number of sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from countries that have entered against her punishment: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.