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Putin: Western sanctions against Russia are “foolish and harmful decision”
11:34, 11 January 2016
Putin: Western sanctions against Russia are “foolish and harmful decision”

The Russian leader gave an interview to Bild

11:34, 11 January 2016

gazprom.ru

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes Western sanctions that took place in answer to the annexation of Crimea are foolish and harmful decision. He said this in an interview with Bild, released January 11.

Putin called “the democracy and the people’s will” Russia’s decision to claim Ukrainian Crimea as its territory, after the so-called referendum, which was never recognized by the international community.   

“You know, Russians surely realize what’s going on – with their hearts and minds. Napoleon once said that just, Putin said.

The Russian leader admitted that the sanctions have a negative impact on the country’s economy, as Russian companies can’t move to foreign financial markets. The situation at the oil products market is also unsuitable for the Kremlin and the Russian economy.  

The Ukrainian Parliament claimed that the Crimea’s occupation by Russia officially started on February 20, 2014. Nor Kyiv, nor the Western countries recognized the annexation and imposed a number of sanctions against Russia. Moscow denies the fact of the illegal occupation and calls this step “restoration of historical justice”.     

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