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Russia's Putin jokes about being blamed for all the world's woes

World May 23, 2022 09:01AM ET
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© Reuters. Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi, Russia May 23, 2022. Sputnik/Ramil Sitdikov/Kremlin via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin quipped on Monday that he would have a serious talk to the West about its assertions that he was to blame for all the economic chaos sown by the conflict in Ukraine and the West's crippling sanctions.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has killed thousands and displaced 14 million people, while the West's attempt to isolate Russia as punishment and Moscow's blockade of grain shipments from Ukraine's Black Sea ports, have sent the price of oil, natural gas, grains, cooking oil and fertilisers soaring.

At a televised meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin told Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that Russia's economy was doing well, despite the Western sanctions.

Lukashenko said the sanctions had given both countries the impetus to focus on self-development, and that the elites of the West were deluded about the causes of their economic woes.

"On the economy, thanks are really due to them (in the West) as they have given us such a push to our own development," Lukashenko told Putin, who smiled and nodded.

"What is happening over there is that they really underestimated it by reading their own media. They got inflation yet the truth is 'Putin is to blame', 'Putin is to blame for everything'," Lukashenko said.

Putin pursed his lips and nodded.

"We will have a serious talk to them," Putin said with a forced smile.

Lukashenko chuckled and said "Yes".

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Ken Chao
Ken Chao May 24, 2022 10:50PM ET
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seems he remained cool n calm facing all those challenges?!
Attila Nyikos
Attila Nyikos May 24, 2022 8:48AM ET
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market is market not voke feel8ngs. Russian oil cheap, China, India buyer, US. EU loser. see charts. Their own fault not Russia's fault. peace!
Ken Verbecky
Ken Verbecky May 23, 2022 11:37PM ET
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Lukashenko and Putin... laughing on the outside, crying on the inside.
Nishkam Bharti
NishkamBharti May 23, 2022 11:37PM ET
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30 NATO Countries against Russia with their outsourced front subcontractor called Ukraine, for getting his rear smashed, and still all trembling in fear. I thoroughly enjoy wild fight between bunch of Foxes and angry bear.
Jeff Chui
Jeff Chui May 23, 2022 7:40PM ET
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Millions if lives lost jn thus Holocaust is no joke. Clearly they dont even care about human lives….
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ant bar May 23, 2022 2:37PM ET
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war explains market plunge , covid , food /water shrtage , bad weather and every one getting older
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 23, 2022 10:54AM ET
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"Putin told Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that Russia's economy was doing well"  -- yeah, all of Putin's friends are still billionaires, so all is well with Russian economy!
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Ms Je May 23, 2022 10:54AM ET
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need to save the crimes of the biden mafia in Ukraine
 
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