The idea of creating a common economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok will Not go away, Despite the recent row over the past period of time, Russia's relations with Europe, said the Prime Minister Medvedev D. a..
"by itself, maybe. Although we currently are Not a very simple situation in relations between Russia and Europe and some other countries, I will only talk about the Russian-European cooperation: the European Union in the end, our biggest partner. Not the countries of Eastern Asia, the Pacific, and the European Union, " Medvedev said, answering the question, is it possible in the current conditions return to the idea of building a common economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok, in an interview of a broadcasting company in the beginning of his visit to Slovenia.
The Prime Minister said that Despite the decline in trade with Russia and the EU, He estimated several hundred billion euros and maintained at a high level.
"This means that we need each other. Europe needs the Russian market, Russia needs cooperation with Europe, for this reason, the Idea of a single economic space will Not go away. It is economically perfectly reasonable ", - noted Medvedev.
He said that the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin also proposed the idea of establishing the relationship between the largest integration associations within the entire Euro-Asian space.
"It's the European Union and the Eurasian economic Union, the Shanghai cooperation organization, and the belt of the silk road (China project). I think if we such projects together, then this will be beneficial for all, " said the head of the government of the Russian Federation.
A few years ago, the Russian leadership has expressed the desire to make a common economic space with the United Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok. This initiative, which Putin spoke in 2012, had the support of many European leaders.
in connection with the situation in Ukraine, relations between Russia and the West deteriorated. At the end of July, the EU and the US from point penalties against private individuals and organizations have moved to the measures against entire sectors of Russia's economy. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from States that have entered against her punishment: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.