Putin denounces latest sanctions passed by US Senate

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File | Russian President Vladimir Putin said Crimea was merely an excuse for the West to hurt an economic competitor

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday slammed fresh sanctions approved by the US Senate as coming “out of nowhere” and motivated by domestic politics and historical efforts by the West to “contain” Russia.

“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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