The mentality of the Russian demands a lord, a czar, a president.
— Valentina Matviyenko
Everyone in my country understands that Russia cannot do without Europe and that, vice versa, Europe cannot do without Russia. We depend on cooperation.
St. Petersburg is a gem of world culture and Russia's most European city.
I do not believe in populism. I am not a supporter of radical decisions. Practice has shown that usually these are harmful.
Of course the United States and Russia have different interests. Nevertheless, both are strategic partners.