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Russia not building ‘fortress walls’ but simply seeking to increase sovereignty – Putin

Russia is not looking to close itself off from the world and instead is very open to cooperation with other states, while taking steps to enhance its national sovereignty, President Vladimir Putin told a Moscow forum on Tuesday.

Speaking to ‘Russia Calling!’, an annual event being held online due to the Covid pandemic, Putin rejected the premise posed by the representative of a London-based investment fund, who said that many people in his field believe Russia has “built a kind of economic fortress.”

“We do not seek to create fortresses and live behind fortress walls,” Putin replied. “We are simply raising the level of our sovereignty, including economic sovereignty, and we will certainly continue to strive for that. But, we will also achieve it through cooperation with our partners around the world, wherever they want it.”

In recent years, especially since the sanctions placed on Russia following the reabsorption of the Crimean peninsula in 2014, Moscow has sought to make its economy less reliant on foreign nations.

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