In reference to the US sanctions imposed against Russia, Putin He pointed out that his country “has not imposed any sanction” and has limited itself to responding “when we consider it possible” and “in a way that does not affect us, not to shoot ourselves in the foot.”
“For us it is an enigma why the American partners continue to do this, I am convinced that this happens, first and foremost, under the influence of internal political processes,” he said.
According to Putin, “Russian-American relations are largely a hostage to the internal political process in the United States itself.”
“I hope this ends one day and I mean that fundamental interests in areas such as security, strategic stability and the reduction of dangerous weapons for everyone are definitely more important than the internal political conjuncture of the United States.” , he said.
The president stated that Russia “It has no disagreements with the US”, however, “they have only one disagreement: they want to contain our development and they say so publicly.”
“Everything else is derived from this position, everything, and the economic restrictions, and the attempts to influence the internal political processes of our country through the forces that they consider ‘related’,” he commented.
Putin said that Russia is attentive to what happens in the US, but “we never interfere.”
Although, according to the president, elections and political processes in Russia are constantly criticized, in the US itself “almost half of the voters consider that the elections were unfair.”
“We did not say that, sociological surveys conducted by their own companies say that,” he said.
The president referred to the riots in the US Congress after the last presidential elections, and although he avoided qualifying these events, he pointed out that they were not simply “thieves and vandals.”
“People came with political demands. It is not true? 450 people were arrested, all under criminal charges (…) On what basis? Many were charged with the attempted coup, “he recalled.
Putin drew a parallel with the current situation in Belarus and the massive peaceful protests against President Alexandr Lukashenko, and pointed out that the situation in this country “is valued from one point of view, while in the US the same is seen from another light. ”.
“We must get rid of double standards,” he defended.