RT: Putin: New EU sanctions ‘odd’, Russia will consider safe alternatives, won’t harm itself

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Published time: September 12, 2014 14:03
Edited time: September 12, 2014 16:12

Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)

The latest list of sanctions looks “quite odd” in view of the peace drive including a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said as the EU’s restricting measures came into force Friday.

Speaking after a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Putin said that Russia has not ruled out responding with tit-for-tat sanctions. At the same time, he said, those measures would only be implemented if they did not harm Russia, and if they would help protect the country.

The government is thinking about that. But if they are to be imposed, this will be to create better conditions for ourselves,” Putin said.

As for trade partnerships and cooperation in sectors targeted by the EU sanctions, Putin said that “there is always an alternative”…

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