Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the world needs Russia, and Europe are doomed to work together with Russia.
"My deep conviction - the world needs Russia. Russia and Europe are doomed to work together, " Sarkozy said.
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 said the penalties against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response Russia in the last month of the summer of 2014 limited the import of food items from countries that have imposed against her punishment.