Putin says Western sanctions have failed to isolate Russia

Russia’s president tells a gathering in St Petersburg his country is expanding trade with “reliable” partners, reports BBC.

He’s been speaking about the impact of Western sanctions on his country’s economy. Many Western states including the US, Canada, the UK and the EU slapped asset freezes and travel bans on Russian individuals and clamped down on trade with Russia after it invaded Ukraine.

Well, Putin has told the gathering sanctions on Russia had failed to isolate it and instead led to an “expansion” in its trade with “the markets of the future”.

He praised new deals with countries in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America – calling them “reliable, responsible partners”.

Calling them the “markets of the future”, he took aim at Western countries, saying “neocolonial international system has ceased to exist, while the multipolar global order is on the other hand strengthening. This is an inevitable process”.

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