Russian President Vladimir Putin wants the European Union to collapse. The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, made a corresponding statement in an interview with Swedish TV channel SVT.

The Head of France said he respects Putin as a leader.

“I am one of those who believes that we should build a new security architecture together with Russia - we need a relevant discussion with Russia. But Vladimir Putin's dream is the dismantling of the European Union.”

Earlier, a Member of the European Parliament from Austria Michel Reimon stated that the acting government of Austria is one of the largest "friends" of Russia at the EU. According to him, the Party of Freedom, which is part of the government coalition in Austria, signed an agreement on collaboration and cooperation with the Russian party "Fair Russia" in December 2016.

Source: Dzerkalo Tyzhnia