Russian PM: Sanctions must be lifted to improve ties with West

Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as saying sanctions must be abandoned to overcome problems with the West.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Picture: EPA.

MOSCOW - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as saying on Thursday that sanctions must be abandoned to overcome problems in relations with the West after meeting US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a meeting in Asia.

It is necessary " to abandon sanctions, move relations to a normal, working order, return to normal, calm, productive talks," Interfax news agency quoted Medvedev as saying in Myanmar, where he is attending a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

He was also quoted as saying he expected the rouble to eventually firm when the Russian economy found "its point of balance".