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Russia: 'Sanctions are an attempt to split Russian society' - Putin02:26

Russia: 'Sanctions are an attempt to split Russian society' - Putin

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 3, 2015 at 12:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Sanctions against Russia by Western countries, particularly the United States and in the European Union, have "not yielded the expected results", Russian President Vladimir Putin declared as he spoke to the Russian Security Council in Moscow, Friday.

Putin explained that the aggresive actions by the West, like the sanctions, are "attempts to split, divide our society, to take advantage of certain difficulties" and said the reasons for pressure against Russia lie in the fact that the country conducts an independent domestic and foreign policy. "We do not trade our sovereignty", Putin added.

The Russian president also said that Russian relations with the West worsened after the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The United States, the European Union and their allies started imposing anti-Russian sanctions in 2014, accusing it of meddling in the Ukrainian conflict.

Putin concluded the meeting by stating that it is the West, "who impose the restrictive measures against Russia", that are truly responsible for the "events we are witnessing in the south-east of Ukraine."

Russia: 'Sanctions are an attempt to split Russian society' - Putin02:26
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Sanctions against Russia by Western countries, particularly the United States and in the European Union, have "not yielded the expected results", Russian President Vladimir Putin declared as he spoke to the Russian Security Council in Moscow, Friday.

Putin explained that the aggresive actions by the West, like the sanctions, are "attempts to split, divide our society, to take advantage of certain difficulties" and said the reasons for pressure against Russia lie in the fact that the country conducts an independent domestic and foreign policy. "We do not trade our sovereignty", Putin added.

The Russian president also said that Russian relations with the West worsened after the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The United States, the European Union and their allies started imposing anti-Russian sanctions in 2014, accusing it of meddling in the Ukrainian conflict.

Putin concluded the meeting by stating that it is the West, "who impose the restrictive measures against Russia", that are truly responsible for the "events we are witnessing in the south-east of Ukraine."