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Putin warns of hard times ahead

President Putin has warned Russians to prepare for hard times ahead as he accuses Western governments of trying to recreate the iron curtain

Vladimir Putin has used his annual state of the nation address to attack the West for what he described as its "hypocritical and cynical" attitude to the conflict in Ukraine.

Mr Putin said he was certain that if Ukraine had not experienced a political crisis, the West would have come up with another excuse to contain Russian power.

Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports.

  • 04 Dec
  • From the section Europe