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22.03.2013

Vladimir Putin meets with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

Vladimir Putin and Jose Manuel Barroso discussed the prospects for economic cooperation between Russia and the EU, as well as preparations for the upcoming G20 summit in St Petersburg. Mr Putin and Mr Barroso also held a one-on-one meeting to discuss Cyprus.

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, Mr President, colleagues, I am very glad to see you.

I know that a representative delegation of our colleagues from the EU and the European Commission has arrived in Russia to hold our traditional intergovernmental meetings.

I remember our recent meeting in Brussels, which was very informative and useful. I am sure that at meetings with the Russian Government we will be able not only to discuss existing issues and problems, but also to further stimulate our cooperation.

The EU remains our largest trading partner. Last year our trade turnover amounted to more than $410 billion. But Russia is quite an important partner for the European Union too: we stand firmly in third place behind the US and China. The difference in scale is not huge: I think that the US has a trade turnover with EU countries of a little more than $600 billion, while for China it is $545 billion. I think that in the coming years we may well trade about $500 billion.

You know that we are preparing to host the G20 summit. And I very much look forward to working with our European friends in preparing for it. In fact, we are already cooperating in this regard. However, I want to emphasise that we are of course willing to work with all participants in this forum to prepare the agenda and the final documents. I hope that the agreements we reach will be consistent and benefit all international economic actors.

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