MADRID (Sputnik) — Spanish companies remain in the Russian market and continue to do business with their Russian partners, Soria added.
"Of course, the sanctions have their impact. And they actually determine the development of relations at the EU level. But it doesn't mean that at the bilateral level relations are not very good. They are exceptional," Soria told RIA Novosti.
Despite the tensions, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo earlier called for the restoration of the strategic partnership between Russia and the European Union.