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Russia cares about good relations with new EU members

RUSSIA cares about having stable relations with former Communist block countries that have joined the European Union, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry said during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Slovakia on February 24.

"After the fall of the Communist regime, there was a period when the post-communist countries did not know how to relate to Russia and how to behave within the new world order. But later they developed a new approach to Russia," Alexander Yakovenko, the spokesman for the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry stressed.

"If you look at their trade figures today, it is clear that they are coming back to the Russian market," he added.

According to Yakovenko, Russia is in favour of a united Europe and has serious commitments to build relations in the sphere of security and economy. Russia is ready for extensive negotiations with the EU.

By Beata Balogová, Spectator staff

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