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Kremlin spokesman regrets Obama’s ‘unfriendly’ statements on sanctions

December 04, 2014, 15:18 UTC+3

"This is the best demonstration that Putin is right,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said

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US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama

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MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday he regrets “unfriendly statements” made by US President Barack Obama on plans to continue sanctions pressure on Russia.

“We can express regrets over such awkward statements of the US president, and they are obviously unfriendly and unconstructive. This is not a statement of a head of state that is seeking cooperation and peace,” Peskov told Rossiya-24 TV channel.

“But this is the best demonstration that Putin is right,” Peskov said.

Obama said Wednesday he doubts whether President Putin will change his “mindset” until Russia's internal policy catches up to what's happening in the economy inside Russia,” and that’s why the US is going to “continue to maintain that pressure."

Peskov also said Russia is facing unprecedented pressure and interference in internal affairs but is strong and self-confident, and this was one of the key signals of the president’s address to the Federal Assembly.

In his address, Putin stressed that the policy of containing Russia is implemented each time when someone believes that the country has become too strong and independent

"Russia’s growth is absolutely unacceptable for false ‘friends’ ready to stop at nothing to prevent Russia from being a prosperous country standing on its own feet and protecting its sovereign rights,” Peskov said.

Putin's address gave a clear signal that Russia claimed no right to impose its own conditions on others “but we did not permit and will not permit anyone to do this to us,” Peskov said.

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