Putin: Washington Is ‘Bullying’

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to reporters during a meeting in Brasilia July 16, 2014. Putin warned on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions will take relations with Russia to a "dead end" and damage U.S. business interests in his country. Picture taken July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR3YZ8M

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    Add Vladimir Putin to the list of public figures ready to fight bullying. On Thursday, the Russian president lashed out at President Obama’s new sanctions for his actions in Ukraine and called them “bullying.” The sanctions hit Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company. Putin declared that “unfortunately, those who plan foreign-policy actions in the United States—this is not a recent observation but one pertaining to the last 10-15 years—are conducting an aggressive foreign policy and, in my view, a rather unprofessional one, because whatever they do, there are problems everywhere.” Putin pointed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Egypt to make his argument. He also claimed the sanctions are “driving into a corner” relations between Russia and the U.S.

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