"We are ready for a full-scale resumption and active maintenance of the cooperation channels with the European Union in different spheres… We believe that there is a necessity to overcome the existing controversies. We are interested in the sustained, predictable and independent European Union, which remains our key trade and economic partner," the statement, issued on the occasion of the upcoming visit to Russia of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, said.
Since 2014, relations between Russia and the European Union deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine. The European Union, together with the United States, introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions over Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. Russia has denied the accusations and introduced countermeasures against the countries that targeted it with the sanctions.
Mogherini is scheduled to visit Russia on April 24 for consultations with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss conflicts in Syria, Libya and eastern Ukraine, as well as EU-Russia ties.