Russia cannot be isolated: Putin

St Petersburg, Russia - President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that it is not possible to isolate a country such as Russia and Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine disrupt the world economy.

Speaking to a group of Western journalists on the sidelines of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Putin said that sanctions are counterproductive for all sides involved.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. File picture: Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service. Credit: Associated Press

“They lead the Russian, European, global economy to turbulence that no one is interested in,” Putin said.