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Les Echos - France | Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Russia and Europe share a common destiny

Only by improving its relations with the EU can Russia emerge from its current crisis, the liberal daily Les Echos comments: "Vladimir Putin has made sure to let everyone he's met recently know that Russia doesn't need Europe, or the rest of the world for that matter. Of course this is pure self-deception, the bravado of a wounded autocrat. It's important to prevent the crisis from spreading and to make Moscow understand that its future lies in Europe and necessitates the modernisation of its economy. Not the building of gas or oil pipelines to China. Russia's destiny is intimately bound up with Europe's. And the first step towards renewing a relationship of trust is a compromise on Ukraine. That's the precondition for the country's economic stabilisation, the lifting of the sanctions and the return of capital. It's not forbidden to be an optimist: time is not on Moscow's side."

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