Putin says 'economic blitzkrieg' has failed

AP , Wednesday 16 Mar 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the operation in Ukraine is unfolding ``successfully, in strict accordance with pre-approved plans'' and decried Western sanctions against Russia, describing them as ``aggression and war with economic, political, information means.''

Vladimir Putin
File Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government in Moscow, on March 10, 2022. AP

At the same time, Putin said that the West has failed to wage ``an economic blitzkrieg'' against Russia.

``In effect these steps are aimed at worsening the lives of millions of people,'' Putin said of the sanctions that have delivered a crippling blow to Russia's economy.

``One should clearly understand that the new set of sanctions and restrictions against us would have followed in any case, I want to emphasize this. Our military operation in Ukraine is just a pretext for the next sanctions,'' Putin told a government meeting Wednesday.

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