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Putin: The times we are facing are hard and difficult

Russian President Vladimir Putin has used his annual state of the nation address to accuse Western governments of trying to create a new iron curtain.

Russia has been hard-hit by falling oil prices and by Western sanctions imposed over its role in eastern Ukraine.

Later in his speech in the Kremlin, Mr Putin warned, "the times we are facing are hard and difficult".

  • 04 Dec 2014
  • From the section Europe
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