Putin: Sanctions Will Backfire on Americans
They are 'harmful to national long-term strategic interests'
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2014 6:37 AM CDT
Updated Jul 17, 2014 7:50 AM CDT
Russia's President Vladimir Putin leaves the Itamaraty Palace after attending the final day of the BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, July 16, 2014.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

(Newser) – Predictably, Vladimir Putin is none too pleased with the White House's decision to slap tough new sanctions on Moscow's energy firms, major banks, and a weapons manufacturer. Speaking from Brazil yesterday, Putin slammed America's "aggressive foreign policy" and accused the US of encouraging Ukraine to continue fighting rather than promoting peace. In fact, as bilateral relations near a "dead end," Putin warned that the sanctions would backfire, the BBC reports. "I am convinced that this is harmful to the national long-term strategic interests of the American state, the American people," he said, per the New York Times.

Putin also appeared to blame a host of conflicts on the US. "Look: In Afghanistan, problems. Iraq is falling apart, Libya is falling apart. In Africa, there are problems in many countries. They touched Ukraine, and there are problems." Despite all this, "we have not closed the door to negotiations, to resolve this situation," Putin said. His focus? "To encourage all sides in the conflict in Ukraine to an immediate end to hostilities and negotiate." Russian markets fell 2.5% following news of the sanctions, while the energy companies hit, Rosneft and OA Novatek, fell 5.4% and 6.8% respectively, the BBC notes.

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Jul 17, 2014 2:58 PM CDT
I am trying to understand all the political ramifications of this. I have been reading as much as I can on what has been happening in that area. I am still in 'learn' mode on this, so it does leave me with a lot of questions. Which I have been using a lot of different sites for. But, some are so much one way and some the opposite, it has me going in circles at times. If y'all can give me some dependable sites to look at, I would appreciate it. I have a couple ofquestions, if some of the commenters would be so kind to answer. Are we, the US trying to make an enemy of this country? If so, why? Also, is our POTUS, trying to get a lot of other countries mad at us, why? I thought we were supposed to be friends with some of these countries, but, from some of what I have read, they are not happy with us at all. I appreciate any help you can give me in understanding all this. Thank you.
Jul 17, 2014 2:51 PM CDT
Yup and accidentally shooting down that civilian airliner you thought was another Ukrainian transport like the one you downed days ago is going to come back and backfire on you Uncle Pooty. :-)
Jul 17, 2014 2:50 PM CDT
Russia is so corrupt, I doubt anyone has made economic gains there.