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David Cameron is blackmailing Europe, Vladimir Putin claims

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Putin reiterated criticism of what he said was the misguided role of the United States in Ukraine's affairs and said he opposed what he cast as US efforts to prevent Russian Federation repairing its relations with the European Union.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he agrees with USA proposals to incorporate parts of the opposition into the current Syrian government, saying President Bashar al-Assad accepts there's a need for a political process.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he addresses the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 17, 2016. "Politicians should demonstrate how wise, far-seeing and flexible they are", Putin added.

 

In a fresh attempt to put more pressure on Russian Federation and not to backtrack on the US-led sanction's crusade, State Department spokesman Mark Toner grimly warned that the companies opting for doing business in Russian Federation were taking commercial and reputational risks.

Juncker, the highest ranking European Union official to visit Russian Federation since the Crimean annexation, told the forum on Thursday that the European Union needs to engage with Russian Federation despite the painful sanctions exchanged over the past two years.

Putin stressed that Russia's ban on European Union foodstuffs and other retaliatory measures were imposed "in response" to the European Union sanctions, but that Moscow would like to improve relations.

 

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