Along with the Swedish representative, Vladimir Putin lamented the “complete absence of political contacts” and the limitation of “economic cooperation” and “cultural and humanitarian relations” between Russia and Sweden.
While Sweden wanted to join NATO after the conflict in Ukraine, the Russian leader was also worried about Stockholm abandoning “the 200-year-old policy of non-participation in military camps”.
Speaking to the German ambassador, he welcomed a “practically cooperative” relationship with Berlin, regretting that the explosion of the NordStream gas pipeline in 2022 had “reduced” Russian gas supplies to Germany.
“For decades, our country has provided Germany with environmentally clean gas, oil and other energy products at stable and impeccably affordable prices. And this cooperation has been truly undermined, including the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines,” he said. .
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Vladimir Putin, while receiving the new British ambassador, limited himself to saying that “everyone knows” the state of dialogue between Russia and the United Kingdom, while London was one of Kiev’s most ardent supporters against Moscow.
“We hope that the situation will improve in the interest of our two countries and our people,” he opined.
The Russian president told the new Slovenian ambassador that bilateral dialogue between Moscow and Ljubljana had been “suspended”, promising that Russia was “ready” to resume it if the Slovenian side wanted it.
With the new Greek Ambassador, Mr. Putin said he was “worried” about the state of bilateral relations, while he said he hoped the “traditional ties” between Athens and Moscow would help “renew” their partnership.
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