Putin says foes hope to dismember Russia; ruble falls

December 4th, 2014  
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Topic: Putin says foes hope to dismember Russia; ruble falls

By Timothy Heritage and Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin accused Russia's enemies on Thursday of seeking to carve it up and destroy its economy to punish it for becoming strong, but said his country would rise to any challenge. In a fiercely patriotic state of the union speech, the Kremlin leader trumpeted his annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, praised the Russian people for their strength, accused the West of "pure cynicism" in Ukraine and said economic sanctions must drive Russians to develop their own economy. ...


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