Russian President Vladimir Putin thought that the West would impose new sanctions on Russia anyway, and that there would be an excuse for it.
“In any case, sanctions will be imposed,” Putin said at a press conference after meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow on Friday. Because the goal is something else, to slow down Russia’s development. and Belarus.”
Before that, Putin held Moscow and Minsk at the same conference.in He noted that in the credit and financial sectors, “it has taken joint measures to eliminate and mitigate the consequences of illegal sanctions imposed by some countries in order to complicate the social and economic situation in both countries”. “
Moscow faces unprecedented threats of sanctions from the West at a time when the Kiev government and NATO member states persistently claim that Russia is massing more than 100,000 large forces “to prepare for a new invasion” on the Ukrainian border. Ukrainian territory.
The Russian government has repeatedly emphasized that it does not intend to launch any operation against Ukraine, and stressed that all the reports about this are baseless and that the purpose of these allegations is to escalate tensions in the region and fuel anti-Russian rhetoric. which justifies new economic sanctions and NATO’s eastward expansion, which it opposes. Moscow strongly says this threatens Russia’s security.
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