President Vladimir Putin said Russia and the United States are “frozen” but Moscow is not to blame for the situation, as it remains open to full cooperation with Washington.
“Our relations are in a rather frozen state. I think it is not our fault,” Putin told Eastern Economic Forum in Russia’s Vladivostok on Saturday.
“We were not the initiators of the cooling of these relations. We are ready to fully unravel our cooperation any second. But that does not depend only on us. It depends on how the leaders of the future US administration would want to build relations with Russia.”
The Russian president meanwhile, stressed that Moscow is always ready for cooperation but wants its interests to be respected by Washington. “If our partners actually agree with a different logic — the logic of consideration of mutual interests, respect for the interests of each other, then our relations will change drastically,” Putin said.
On the other hand, Putin highlighted the main directions of the international economy and areas of cooperation in the Asia Pacific region.
The Russiam strongman proposed to create common “digital economy” space for the states located in the Asia Pacific region.
“We are living in the century of information society, of rapid development of digital telecommunication technologies and it is necessary to seize opportunities, which are opened up through cooperation in order to let public agencies and companies from different countries to cooperate in electronic format… In that context we propose to create a common digital economy space,” Putin said.