Sputnik Алексей Никольский
Russian President Vladimir Putin considered that the West will impose new sanctions on Russia in any case, as an excuse will be found for this.
“Sanctions will be imposed in any case,” Putin said, during a press conference with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, after a meeting between them in Moscow today, Friday. Because the goal is something else, it is to slow down the development of Russia and Belarus.”
Before that, Putin stated at the same conference that Moscow and Minsk are taking joint measures in the credit and financial sectors “to remove and mitigate the consequences of illegal sanctions imposed by some countries with the aim of complicating the social and economic situation in both countries.”
Moscow is facing threats of unprecedented sanctions from the West at a time when the government in Kiev and NATO member states insistently claim that Russia is amassing large forces, numbering more than 100,000, near the border with Ukraine “in preparation for a new invasion” of the Ukrainian lands.
The Russian government has repeatedly stressed that it has no intention of launching any operation against Ukraine, stressing that all reports that speak of this are false and the purpose of these allegations is to escalate tension in the region and fuel anti-Russian rhetoric in preparation for new economic sanctions and justify NATO’s expansion to the east, which it opposes. Moscow strongly, saying that it threatens Russian security.
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