Russia not planning to join EU
October 17, 2008 - 18:56 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net - Russia is a self-sufficient country and has no intention to join the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, RF permanent representative to the EU, said when commenting on Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi's statement.
"We have every reason to develop independently, but not as a part of a union," Chizhov said, adding that Russia has some obligations to its neighbors, the former USSR republics, Russian media reports.
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