Putin: West trying to “defang” the Russian bear, blames sanctions for crisis

December 18, 2014

Putin saying West “trying to defang the Russian bear” – talk about playing to the home crowd: via Putin: Western sanctions partly responsible for crisis | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times.

In a live, three-hour news conference that has become a Putin holiday tradition, the Russian leader demonstrated unwavering confidence in his domestic policies despite the catastrophic collapse in the ruble. His fierce defiance toward the United States flared throughout as he insisted the West was trying to destroy Russia to grab Siberia’s great natural resources.


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