EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has called for an end to “Russia-bashing”, saying it was time to renew ties with Vladimir Putin’s country, given its size and importance.

“I do think we have to reconnect with Russia,” Juncker told an audience in Brussels. “I am not very happy with the state of our relations. We will never accept what Russia did with Crimea or eastern Ukraine. But nevertheless, we have to have in mind that the entire territory of the European Union is about 5.5m sq ...

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