"SAINT-PETERSBURG. Vladimir Putin think that the frosty relations between Russia and the EU is on track to be thawed. "
"– What it is, political relations, and I see a possible positive shift, " he says. "
"During a panel discussion commented on Putin violations of other countries' airspace, and the sanctions against Russia. "
"Stefan Löfven met on Tuesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin in a panel discussion in Saint Petersburg. The conversation took place in conjunction with the International arctic forum. The two heads of government will later in the afternoon to have a bilateral meeting - the first meeting with the two of you. "
"In panelsamtalet was also attended by the Finnish president Sauli Niinistö, Iceland's president Guðni Jóhannesson, Norway's prime minister Erna Solberg."
"Vladimir Putin began to talk about investments in technology and research in the arctic region, and urged countries to cooperate with each other. "
"the moderator John Frahers question if he considers that the frosty relations between the EU and Russia is about to be thawed, and with the bilateral talks with the nordic leaders said to Putin:"
"– What it is, political relations, and I see a possible positive shift. I have today had a bilateral meeting with the president of Finland, and we will have more hits in the future, " he says. "
"Löfven quoted the Russian national poet"
"Stefan Löfven began his speech with a quote from the Russian national poet Alexander Pushkin's words about Saint Petersburg:"
"– From here to Sweden is illprotected: A city of this site, to thwart his purposes shall be erected, he said. "
"the Quote was met with applause. Löfven then went on to talk about klimatutmaningarna. He stressed the importance of the climate targets in the paris agreement is held."
"Vladimir Putin said it is unclear exactly what causes the global warming, but he agreed that it is important to take measures to limit the warming. "
"We will implement the paris agreement, we will reduce emissions by 20-30 per cent," said Putin. "
"Putin, the acclaimed Swedish hockey"
"Putin took up Löfvens Pushkin quotes when he got the word and quickly went over to to talk about Swedish hockey. "
"– The Swedish hockeyteamet is wonderful, sports are the one thing that brings us together, " said Putin. "
"– It would be good if one of your team could participate in our hockeyliga, but it is a question which cannot be discussed here. "
"Video:: Want to have good relationships."
"Stefan Löfven avoided giving a straight answer to the question about the relations between Sweden and Russia is about to be thawed, or if the disagreement between Sweden and Russia is less now than in the past. "
" Russia is a very important country in our region, it is a large country and we have many interests in common. And we have seen so many good ice hockey players in Russia and the former Soviet union. Our team is not in form to play in the KHL. But at the same time, Sweden will hold us to the principles that we think are important. We want to have good relations with Russia even if we have different views on things. "
"Will eat dinner together."
"the Finnish president Niinistö criticised Russia's actions in Ukraine - which led to Putin delivered a long speech about how wrong he thinks it is that the EU has sanctions against the country. "
"Sanctions are illegal," said Putin. "
"During the night, government of Iceland, Norway, Finland, Russia and Sweden, and eat dinner. Only after dinner will Löfven will hold a press conference. "
"the Norwegian prime minister the One Solberg took up Russian violation of Norwegian airspace. Putin responded by attacking Nato: "
"– Our planes have not flown over Norway, they have never been there and I hope never to be there. Finland has proposed that we should fly with transponders on, we were with Nato refused. Our activity in the arctic ocean is much smaller than that of Nato. "
"Löfven has said that he will take up the Swedish position concerning the war in Ukraine and the Russian annexation of the Crimea when he meets Putin. "