O Russian President Vladimir Putin stated this Monday that his Western “adversaries”, who had the objective of “destroying Russia”, were not “successful”, in reference to the sanctions imposed on the country due to the invasion of Ukraine.

This position was shared by Putin in a meeting with government members.

“We know very well what happened from an economic point of view. Literally, in the truest sense of the word, economic aggression against Russia began,” the Russian head of state began, according to the Russian state agency TASS.

“The endless number of sanctions we faced had a single objective and we all know very well what the objective was: to destroy Russia from within. And not just politically, but above all on an economic level. The sanctions were intended to create problems in work teams, causing mass unemployment in the country, leading to the closure of entire companies and industries. Our opponents were not successful”, he declared.

Putin also defended that the sanctions had the result “exactly opposite to what was expected” and that, last year, the country’s economy “grew at a faster rate than the world economy”.

Remember that, last April, the Ministry of Economic Development announced that the Russian economy had grown 5.4% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2023.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, which had reached 4.8% in January and 7.6% in February, slowed to 4.2% in March, according to the ministry report.

The Ministry of Economy improved its growth forecasts from 2.3% to 2.8%, while the Russian Central Bank raised its growth forecasts from a range between 1 and 2% to 2.5 to 3.5%.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently raised Russia’s growth forecast by six tenths of a percentage point, to 3.2%, thanks to the positive performance of its oil exports.

The IMF considers that the Russian economy has strengthened because oil export volumes have remained stable due to trade established with countries not aligned with Western sanctions.

Also at the beginning of April, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin highlighted that GDP had grown by 3.6% last year, despite increased external pressure, alluding to Western sanctions imposed due to the war launched by Moscow in Ukraine.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2555064/destruir-a-russia-os-nossos-adversarios-nao-foram-bem-sucedidos

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