Natalia Shmakov. Europe and Russia need to return to the development of relations, but this can happen only in case of permission of the Ukrainian falling, said the former Prime Minister of Italy head of the international cooperation Romano Prodi.
"Last year was very difficult, but in recent months, what happens is that inspires optimism. I'm talking about Ukraine, because now they were in a small respected the Minsk agreement, and about Syria, " said Prodi, speaking at the IV Eurasian forum in Verona.
in his vision, Now " on the horizon begins to draw something positive ", and in this regard expressed the hope that the situation will start to improve.
"now we must concentrate on solving the Ukrainian fall, as Ukraine is the bridge that unites Europe and Eurasia, - said a famous politician.- We need to revisit the development of our relations, but this can happen only if the will resolve the crisis in Ukraine ".
at the end of his speech Prodi drew attention that the Russian Federation is a part of Europe and it is necessary to take into account the long-term desire of all European countries, for this reason the EU should not forget about it in your own directives.
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 from point penalties against certain individuals and organizations have moved to the measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from countries that have imposed against her punishment. In June 2015, in response to the extension of the sanctions Russia has extended food embargo until 5 August 2016.