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Vladimir Putin wants to get back to business with the European Union

While Russia doesn't expect any rapid progress on lifting the sanctions, Putin is hopeful there is light at the end of the tunnel


Russian President Vladimir Putin has a message for the European Union: let's put the Ukraine conflict behind us and get back to business. The President will use his annual address at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum to call for normalising ties between the world's biggest energy exporter and largest trading bloc, though he'll stop short of offering concessions on Ukraine, according to three officials with knowledge of the preparations, who asked to remain unidentified to discuss confidential information. Attendees at the country's showpiece investor event will ...

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First Published: Fri, June 17 2016. 00:07 IST