Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country is open to dialogue with the Group of Seven (G7), saying any dialogue would be useful even if it was conducted "on a high note."
"At one time the G8 was scheduled to be held in Russia and we are open if our partners want to come to us and we will be happy for that," Sputnik quoted Putin as saying at the East Economic Forum at the Russian Federal Far East University in Vladivostok. Who evacuated her. ”
Putin also announced Russia's intention to develop missiles operating in the ranges between 500 and 5500 km, which was banned under the Treaty of medium and short-range missiles, which collapsed recently after Washington's withdrawal.
The Russian president noted that Moscow would not deploy such missiles unless Washington does so first, pointing out that the United States is already in talks with Japan and South Korea to deploy such missiles.
Putin warned that the deployment of the missiles posed a threat to Russia, where its systems are likely to cover a large distance from Russian territory, "Let me remind you that we have two large military bases in this region."
In another context, Putin expressed his belief that relations between Russia and Ukraine will inevitably be printed in the future, adding that "the next prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine will be broad, which will be a positive step towards the normalization of relations between the two countries."
On the other hand, Putin said that Russia wants the Far East to remain a safe and stable region, saying that "Russia's relations with India, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Japan and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region are based on the principles of respect."
Putin noted the contribution of Chinese partners to Russia's far east economy and similar geopolitical interests. "We are working with China actively to strengthen international institutions and security systems. We are also cooperating in the military field and actively coordinating our positions in the international forum," he said.
The Russian city of Vladivostok will host the 4th to 6th month of the East Economic Forum held in its fifth edition with the participation of elite politicians and economists from around the world.