Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticized a “counterproductive russophobia” that is raised by Russia’s defense of its “legitimate interests”, but considered that it “will not last forever.”

This Russophobia, he said, is related to the emergence of a multipolar world that does not please the “monopoly”
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticized a “counterproductive Russophobia” raised by Russia’s defense of its “legitimate interests,” but said it “will not last forever” in a speech at an international economic forum.

This Russophobia, he said, is related to the emergence of a multipolar world, partly because of Russia’s efforts, which do not appeal to “monopoly” supporters, notably those that impose on Moscow “economic restrictions whose effect is absolutely zero.”

Relations between the United States and the European Union on the one hand and Russia on the other have been in a phase of tension since Russian involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine and Washington and Brussels have imposed a series of economic sanctions on Moscow after Of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

Putin, speaking to the presidents of ten major international news agencies, said that, contrary to the accusation, the Russian government had never been involved in any kind of cyber attack.

The Russian president admitted that attacks by some “patriotic” Russian hackers may have been launched, but insisted that there is no “state-level” involvement.

Putin also said that “no hacker can influence election campaigns, whether in Europe, Asia or America,” a reference to accusations of Russian interference in the presidential campaign in the United States to benefit Republican Donald Trump.

 

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