Sanctions have made us stronger, says Putin
RUSSIA'S President Vladimir Putin hailed the nation's economic performance in a marathon TV show yesterday, claiming that sanctions imposed by the West had even made his country stronger, writes Tom Parfitt.
He cited the ruble's recovery as a sign of a renewed investor confidence in Russia. Speaking in a call-in show with the nation which was televised live, Mr Putin said Russia's economic performance has remained strong, despite sanctions slapped on him over the Ukrainian crisis, and a slump in global oil prices.
During the 'Direct Line' show, he said that Russian military forces were not in Ukraine, denying allegations that Moscow is providing troops and support for pro-Russian rebels fighting in the east of the country. (© Daily Telegraph, London)