Putin: USA deceived Russian Federation 'grossly and brazenly' about Ukraine

Michele Moreno
March 9, 2018

He described Trump, whom he met with past year on the sidelines of summits in Germany and Vietnam, a "balanced" man who grasps the issues and is a good listener.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin praised U.S. President Donald Trump as a "balanced" man he can negotiate with, but he also assailed the West for "illegitimate and unfair" Ukraine-related sanctions imposed on Moscow.

Putin did not have the same admiration for the United States political system, however, which he said has "demonstrated its ineffciency and is eating itself up".

Relations between the two Cold War-foes have been frosty after the USA intelligence community said Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and a number of congressional panels have launched probes into whether Trump campaign associates helped.

He described the Western sanctions over Crimea and the insurgency in eastern Ukraine as part of "illegitimate and unfair" efforts to contain Russian Federation, adding that "we will win in the long run". He continued: "Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves". "Dictators only stop when they are stopped and appeasing Putin with Ukraine will only stoke his appetite for more conquests", he added. I made some exaggerations.

In an angry address aimed at the West's sanctions over Moscow's annexation of Crimea, Mr Putin on Thursday (AEDT) said efforts to contain Russian Federation were "illegitimate and unfair".

"We treat it with great respect", Putin described his response to this very Jewish characteristic. According to the Washington Post, U.S. officials were "not surprised" by Putin's remarks.


He said he was particularly dismayed by what he described as the USA role in the ousting of Ukraine's Russia-friendly president in February 2014 amid massive protests.

Russian Federation responded by annexing Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

President Vladimir Putin has warned that Moscow's enemies will "swallow poison", as British authorities reveal the substance used in the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy. Responding to a question about Russia's growing global leverage, Putin responded: "If we play strongly with weak cards, it means the others are just poor players, they aren't as strong as it seemed, they must be lacking something".

He made clear that if Russian Federation was under attack and faced being wiped out, then the world would not be worth saving.

"The decision on the use of the nuclear weapon can be taken only if our air defense systems record not only the launch of missiles but their trajectory and the time they hit Russia's territory". But the Foreign Office later clarified that his remarks about United Kingdom representation at the football World Cup in Russian Federation did not mean a boycott by the actual team, merely dignitaries.

The president stressed that "when we consider the destinies of millions of people on the one hand, and the fact that Crimea is home to over two million people who want to return to Russian Federation, with the difficulties in relations with other countries on the other, the former is far more important".

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