Vladimir Putin inserted two fingers into the “stupid” attempt of the West to win Russia with sanctions – and said that the war will continue until he achieves his goals Ukraine.
The president demanded his economy stabilized, inflation was slowing, and unemployment was low.
He added: “Russia has stood up to the economic, financial and technological aggression of the West.
“There has been polarization in the world and domestically, but I see it as a positive moment.”
He called attempts to cap Russian oil and gas prices “foolish” and insisted that there are enough customers in Asia.
“Demand is so high on world markets that we will have no problems with sales,” he said at an economic forum in Vladivostok.
“Trying to limit prices administratively is delusional – sheer stupidity.
“This will only lead to an increase in prices. If they try to implement this foolish decision, it will not bring any good to those who will accept it.
“Will they make political decisions that contradict the contracts? In such a case, we will simply stop the supply if it is against our economic interests.
“We will not supply gas, oil, diesel, or coal.”
Mr. Putin said his goal in sending the troops was to protect civilians in eastern Donbass after eight years of fighting between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists following the 2014 annexation of Crimea.
“We did not start the hostilities – we are trying to put an end to them,” he added.
“Our action was aimed at helping people living in Donbass – this is our duty, and we will fulfill it to the end.”
And lashing out at the US and its allies, he said: “The world should not be based on the dictates of one country that considers itself to be omnipotent or even supreme and bases its policies on perceived exceptionalism.”
He denied using gas supplies as a weapon in the suspension of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, blaming sanctions for slowing repairs.
But he said that Russia is ready to “press the button” on Nord Stream-2, which was suspended by Germany.
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Putin mocks ‘dumb’ Western sanctions and vows to continue Ukraine war