Putin: I hope common sense prevails in ‘war of sanctions’

Monday, September 1, 2014
By Paul Martin

September 01, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he hopes Russia and the west can return to normal cooperation from the current mutually damaging “war of sanctions,” as Europe ponders whether it should go further in penalizing Moscow.

“Concerning limitations in trade and economic activity, at the end those who are implementing this policy will suffer most of the harm,” Putin said, speaking at a meeting Monday devoted to supporting investment projects in Russia’s Far East.

“I hope that common sense prevails and we will work in a normal, modern way,” he added. “And that neither we nor our partners suffer losses from these mutual pinpricks.”

Earlier Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he believed it was still possible to return to “pragmatic cooperation” between Russia and the West.

“But for that, we need to abandon the futile policy of ultimatums, threats and sanctions,” Lavrov said.

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