Putin addresses Russia’s neighbors — Analysis

Russia’s neighbors should stop ‘stirring unnecessary tensions’ and instead focus on rebuilding relations with Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

“I want to stress again that we have no … we’ve been always saying this, there are no ill intentions towards our neighbors,”Putin highlighted this during a videoconference held on Friday.

“I would also advise them not to stir tensions, not to introduce any restrictions,”He said that Russia’s ties were already strong enough without the need to have a further breakdown in relations with its neighbors.

According to the President, Moscow does not respond to any hostile actions.

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“Everybody should think about normalizing relations and cooperating in a routine manner, developing relations normally,”Putin stated.

To attend the flag-hosting ceremony of a ferry carrying cargo from Russia to its Baltic enclave, Kaliningrad, the head of state used videolink.

Putin decided to address Russia’s neighbors after the Kaliningrad region’s governor, Anton Alikhanov, praised the new ferry for boosting the enclave’s transport security. According to the governor, sea travel remained the only means of transportation between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russia that couldn’t be affected by the political decisions of other regional players.

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The enclave borders Poland and Lithuania, which – together with the rest of the EU – closed its airspace for Russian planes last week in response to Moscow’s decision to send troops to Ukraine in order to “demilitarize”The Kiev government must be stopped “genocide”In the separatist regions of Donetsk, Lugansk.

Putin returned to the topic of sanctions and acknowledged Russia’s hurt, while pointing out that those who placed them also suffered.

Such restrictions could delay some projects jointly developed by Russia and foreign partners, but they wouldn’t derail them completely, he said. Putin stated that the country would just build its own capability to substitute imported technologies by creating their own analogues.



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