Putin: Russia not seeking to split EU

Putin: Russia not seeking to split EU

Russia is not seeking to divide the European Union, it is interested in a united EU, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Austria’s ORF radio and television company in the run-up to his upcoming visit to Austria.

The full interview with Putin will be broadcast on ORF-2 TV channel at 8.15 p.m. local time (9:15 p.m. Moscow Time).

"For us there is no goal of driving a wedge between someone in the European Union," he stressed. "On the contrary, we are interested in a united and prosperous EU, as the EU is our most important economic and trade partner," TASS cited Putin as saying.

The Kremlin press service said Russian President Vladimir Putin would pay a working visit to Austria on June 5. The program includes talks with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.