© AFP/File | Russian President Vladimir Putin said Crimea was merely an excuse for the West to hurt an economic competitor
“We know that currently there is a bill in the US Senate regarding toughening sanctions. Why? Nothing extraordinary is happening. Why did they start to talk about sanctions again out of nowhere?” Putin said at his annual phone-in with Russian citizens.
“Of course this is evidence of the continuing domestic political battle in the US, but it is completely out of nowhere. If it wasn’t for Crimea, if it wasn’t for other problems, they would think of other reasons to contain Russia,” he said.
The US Senate voted to approve further sanctions against…
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