Putin mocks West for naming Inflation after him

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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# 09 June 2022 21:12 (UTC +04:00)

Responding to Moscow's military operation in Ukraine, Western countries have imposed a slew of anti-Russian sanctions aiming to "isolate" Russia from the global economy, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Commenting on the Western sanctions targeting Russia's economy, President Vladimir Putin stated that it is impossible to isolate such a big country.

"For a country like Russia, it is impossible to be surrounded by a fence from the outside," he said. "And we ourselves are not going to erect such a fence around [our own country]".

The Russian president also explained that the country is never going to have a closed economy. According to him, Moscow does not aim to create a Soviet-style "iron curtain" around itself, rather preferring to remain open to any nation wanting to do business with it. Those that opt not to trade with Russia will only be "robbing themselves", Putin said.

Putin also addressed claims that he is personally responsible for skyrocketing inflation in Western countries, saying that he has nothing to do with the economic hardships faced by other nations.

"This is a result of their [Western countries] own mistakes [made during a long time]," he noted.