Sunday 21 December 2014

Putin condemns Western sanctions - 'violation of human rights'

Published 17/04/2014 | 12:36

Putin said Ukraine's Berkut riot police, a force disbanded by authorities in Kiev after being blamed for the deaths of protesters, had served honorably in the line of duty
Putin said Ukraine's Berkut riot police, a force disbanded by authorities in Kiev after being blamed for the deaths of protesters, had served honorably in the line of duty
Reporters listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a nationwide phone-in (AP)
The television studio where Russian President Vladimir Putin's nationwide address took place
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Russian President Vladimir Putin's appears on a live nationwide broadcast
A woman holds a child as Ukrainian servicemen gather on armoured personnel carriers in Kramatorsk, April 16, 2014. Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans. REUTERS/Maks Levin
Pro-Russian protesters stand in formation near a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol April 16, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister said on Thursday that three pro-Russian separatists were killed in shooting that broke out overnight in the town of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. "According to preliminary data, three attackers were killed, 13 wounded and 63 detained," Arsen Avakov said in a post on Facebook. Picture taken April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
An armed man (C, bottom, front), believed to be pro-Russian as he wears a black and orange ribbon of St. George - a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine, talks to Ukrainian servicemen on an armoured personnel carrier, while local residents surround them, in Kramatorsk, April 16, 2014. Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans. REUTERS/Maks Levin
A fighter jet flies above as Ukrainian soldiers sit on an armoured personnel carrier in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin has condemned Western sanctions imposed on a group of Russians and Ukrainians, saying they were aimed at people close to him and in one case had prevented a leading businessman's wife from paying for an operation.

He said the wife of Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, the co-owner of gas producer Novatek, had been unable to pay because of a blocked bank card.

"Of course this is simply a violation of human rights. It has nothing to do with common sense," Putin said in a televised phone-in with people from across Russia.

He said the sanctions were aimed at attacking people close to the president.

"Probably it was an attempt to make me the main target of the sanctions. But as for these people - yes, these are my good acquaintances, my friends. They have earned their money, some of them even before we met," he said.

Russia has no intention of isolating itself on the world stage, Putin said, adding that other nations appeared reluctant to understand Russia's point of view.

"We are often faced with a lack of understanding of our position and sometimes even with an unwillingness to understand...(but) in general we do not intend to isolate ourselves," he said.

Reuters

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