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Russia: Putin calls Butina, Skripal cases ‘politicized, Russophobic approach’02:01

Russia: Putin calls Butina, Skripal cases ‘politicized, Russophobic approach’

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 20, 2018 at 10:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated the Maria Butina and Skripal cases show the West’s “politicized, Russophobic approach” towards Russia, speaking at his annual press conference at the World Trade Centre in Moscow, Thursday.

“It is an excuse, just an excuse to unleash yet another attack on Russia. If it had not been the Skripals, they would come up with something else,” Putin said.

“The only objective is to curb Russia’s development as a possible rival. That is it. I do not see other aims behind that,” he concluded.

This year, 1702 Russian and foreign journalists were accredited for Putin’s annual press conference. The 2008 press conference is still the longest ever – at four hours 40 minutes. Putin answered 106 questions during that event. The second longest presser was in 2012, lasting four hours 33 minutes.

Russia: Putin calls Butina, Skripal cases ‘politicized, Russophobic approach’02:01
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Russian President Vladimir Putin stated the Maria Butina and Skripal cases show the West’s “politicized, Russophobic approach” towards Russia, speaking at his annual press conference at the World Trade Centre in Moscow, Thursday.

“It is an excuse, just an excuse to unleash yet another attack on Russia. If it had not been the Skripals, they would come up with something else,” Putin said.

“The only objective is to curb Russia’s development as a possible rival. That is it. I do not see other aims behind that,” he concluded.

This year, 1702 Russian and foreign journalists were accredited for Putin’s annual press conference. The 2008 press conference is still the longest ever – at four hours 40 minutes. Putin answered 106 questions during that event. The second longest presser was in 2012, lasting four hours 33 minutes.

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