Putin Gloats To US That Sanctions Are Pushing Russia Forward

Putin Describes Russia’s Ukraine Operation Is A ‘Success’
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Vladimir Putin who is the Russian President, has reiterated that the numerous Western sanctions have only helped to push his country and its ally Belarus toward “speeding up integration. ”

Putin had further stated that the Russian integration with Belarus will come in various sectors, which, according to him, would further help to “minimize the damage” of the sanctions.

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“Russia and Belarus have continued to grow in their cooperation in the political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres,” Putin said in a video message to the participants of an annual Russia-Belarus forum on Friday

“The unprecedented pressure of sanctions from the so-called collective West is pushing us towards speeding up integration.

“Together it is easier to minimize the damage from the illegal sanctions, it is easier to set up the production of demanded products, develop new competencies and expand cooperation with friendly countries,” Putin said.

Belarus has been known to be a staunch Russian ally and it has also helped to facilitate Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February, with some Russian forces entering the country through the Ukrainian-Belarusian border.

A number of joint programs between the two nations have already been developed and more are on track for the coming years, Putin said. Areas of cooperation include technological and industrial innovation, finances and transport.

Putin said the joint programs were aimed at creating “equal economic conditions for our countries” and would “form a reliable framework for a financial market and transport base.”

His message comes just days before Belarus celebrates its independence from Nazi Germany on July 3, and as Russia and Belarus marked 30 years of diplomatic relations earlier this year.

Following the recent heavy backlash that came with the terrible bombing on some civilian centres in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, has also insisted that his troops did not launch the attack that killed many civilians who had been taking shelter at a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, central Ukraine.

Addressing the press on Wednesday, Putin denied that Moscow was behind the strike.

“The Russian army does not attack any civilian site. We don’t have the need for this,” he said, according to CNN.

“We have every capability to detect specific locations; and thanks to our high-precious long-range weapons we are achieving our goals.”

The Russian leader spoke after a meeting of the “Caspian five” leaders —Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan — in Ashgabat.

Earlier, the Russian ministry of defence had blamed “the detonation of stored ammunition for Western weapons” for causing a fire in what it described as a “non-functioning” neighboring shopping mall.

 

Africa Daily News, New York

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