The Russian president said sanctions advocates only care about international law when it’s in their best interest.
TASS – At a press conference after talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Western sanctions against Russia, as well as Belarus, will be implemented in any case and a reason will be found for this.
“Sanctions will be imposed in any case. Whether they have a reason today, for example, in connection with the events in Ukraine, or there is no such reason – they will be found, because the goal is different, in this case the goal is to slow development,” said the Russian leader. For Russia and Belarus.
“To this end, there will always be reason to impose some illegal restrictions, which is nothing more than unfair competition,” the Russian president added.
He stressed that the pressure of sanctions is “totally illegitimate.”
“This is a flagrant violation of international law, but those who are talking about it now (about possible new sanctions) are concerned about it (international law) only when it is in their interest. And when it is not in their interest, they forget all about it,” said Putin. “.
He noted with regret that Moscow and Minsk lived “in such a model for many years, because those in power, [que] They consider themselves masters of life today, always interpreting everything only in their favor and neglecting the interests of others [países]. “
“There is only one way to overcome this situation – to strengthen ourselves from the inside and, above all, of course, in the economy,” said the head of state.
Economic cooperation and import substitution
In response to a question about who can help Russia and Belarus in the fight against sanctions, the Russian president noted that Moscow and Minsk “should help each other in this regard.”
“That is exactly what we held today [com Lukashenko] goals,” adding that it is a matter of economic cooperation.
Putin did not say how the two countries would fight the sanctions but said “there is always a solution”.
The Russian leader also agreed with his Belarusian counterpart’s assertion that not everything can be prevented.
“I take part in this assessment,” Putin said.
He noted that Russia has done a lot in the past eight years in terms of import substitution. “We did not do everything we planned, but in general it can be said that more than 90% of the tasks that we set for ourselves have been solved,” said the Russian president.
But he stressed that “there is a lot to be done” in this area to increase the level of economic sovereignty.
Many countries are not satisfied with the sanctions
The Russian president noted that today many countries are facing the consequences of sanctions, “even the allies of the United States.”
“They just keep their mouths shut, stay silent, and tolerate. But […] Nobody likes that.. they don’t like secondary punishments and they don’t like the pressures of direct punishments either.”
“Sooner or later, this abscess, of course, will explode. But today it is important for us to raise the level of our economic sovereignty and be more capable and modern, giving a new impetus to the development of modern areas of the economy. ”noted Putin.
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