Vladimir Putin’s speech at the plenary session of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum has attracted the attention of foreign media. In their articles, they noted the Russian president’s desire to develop relations with non-Western countries and avoid aggravation of the Ukrainian conflict.

Despite all “obstacles and illegitimate sanctions,” Russia remains one of the world’s economic leaders. This was one of the key messages delivered by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the plenary session of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Sky News reported.

The British TV channel notes that Moscow seeks to develop relations with countries that did not join Western restrictions. That is why the president emphasised that they account for three quarters of Russia’s mutual trade turnover. 

The German magazine Der Spiegel confirms the president’s words that the country is developing the geography of international cooperation, despite pressure from the US and its allies:

“At the forum, Chinese businessmen gave concrete examples of how they are helping Russia to implement projects thwarted by sanctions.”

Co-operation with non-Western countries is also highlighted by N-TV, which claims in its headline that “Putin wants to further separate Russia from the West.”

CNBC draws attention to the president’s figures that almost 40 per cent of the country’s trade turnover is now in rubles, as the share spent in dollars, euros and other currencies of “unfriendly” Western countries has decreased.

At the same time, it is clear from Putin’s speech that Moscow will seek to increase the share of settlements conducted in the currencies of BRICS countries, the US TV channel said.

In its material, Reuters focuses on Putin’s statement that Russia has no necessity to use nuclear weapons to win in Ukraine.

The president’s words were “the Kremlin’s strongest signal to date that the deadliest conflict in Europe since World War II will not escalate into a nuclear war,” the agency said.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine interpreted Putin’s words in its own way.

“The Russian ruler is confident that he can defeat Ukraine and the West by conventional methods,” its article claims.

At the same time, the Associated Press highlights the president’s repeated warning that Moscow could supply weapons to countries or groups opposing the West. Putin made it unequivocally clear that Russia “reserves such a right” as some NATO allies allow Kiev to use its systems to strike Russia.

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