Putin Says US Wants to Subdue Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States Tuesday of attempting to make Russia submissive; an attempt he said will not succeed.

Speaking at a televised meeting with pro-Kremlin activists Tuesday, Putin said that Washington “desires to subdue us, needs to solve its difficulties at our expense.”

“No one has succeeded in doing this in the history of Russia, and no one will,” he added.

Pro said the sanctions against Russia visited by the U.S. and the European Union run contrary to their own interests. Pro said U.S. allies in Europe were attempting to “shield others’ national interests” for reasons that were uncertain.

The sanctions over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine have exacerbated the economic problems in Russia and led to a sudden devaluation of the Russian ruble.

Putin sought to project an upbeat picture saying that the prohibition on Western food would foster local businesses and downplaying the ruble’s nosedive.

Putin also expressed confidence the current Russia-West tensions would abate, saying “no one needs to exacerbate the specific situation on the planet.”

Reacting to an activist’s suggestion to impose quotas on U.S. films in Russian theatres, Putin rejected it, saying that the public should be given the right to select.

The Russian leader downplayed his speedy departure from the summit of the Group of 20 of the weekend in Brisbane, Australia, rejecting media claims he left due to a chilly treatment. The Russian leader insisted he held “constructive” discussions in Brisbane.

Putin was the first leader to fly out of Brisbane in Sunday day as a lunch was shared by his fellow leaders in the G20 and before they released the communique to cap off their yearly summit. Putin had departed soon before their discussions started on Ukraine.

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