Interfax: United Russia intends to work on normalizing relations with EU

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MOSCOW. June 27 (Interfax) – The party United Russia stated Russia’s economic development, resumption of active contacts with the European Union and partnership with its neighbors as priorities in its election program.

“In the upcoming political cycle, we will actively work on normalizing our relations with the EU,” the party said in its political program approved at the congress in Moscow on Monday.

United Russia said in its program that “the artificial pause of the past few years in partnership in the EU inflicted damage on both Russia and the EU” and, most importantly, to stability and confidence on our continent. “Although the solution to the current situation is simple: less politics and more economics,” the party said.

United Russia says it intends to promote normalization of relations with the EU, “of course, if the European countries show a political will for that.”

Besides the EU, Russia is ready for comprehensive cooperation with the U.S., United Russia said. The party said Russia will work in building friendly relations that have a positive political and economic agenda.

“However, this partnership should be based on the principles of equal rights, respect for mutual interests, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs and collective political and economic leadership,” the program said.

However, Russia’s position on the world map predetermines its partnership not only in the West, but also with the East, the document said.

United Russia believes it is necessary to develop integration with the closest neighbors, including in the Union State, the five Eurasian states, the CIS, and strengthen cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union with China, the Silk Road, more intensively.

United Russia said in its program that “economic development and modernization of Russia should become its main foreign policy and generally state priority.”

The second priority is the strengthening of security. “For that, we believe it is necessary to maintain high combat readiness and flexibility of the Armed Forces, strengthen the strategic deterrence system, and further modernize non-nuclear weapons,” the program said.