Putin says Russia should not ‘fence itself off’ from West

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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses members of Russian State duma fractions during a meeting in Mria sanatorium near Yalta, Crimea, on August 14, 2014President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia should not “fence itself off from the outside world” despite a plunge in East-West relations over the pro-Kremlin insurgency in Ukraine. Putin added during a visit to Crimea — seized by Russia from Ukraine in March — that an ongoing trade war with the United States and Europe did not mean Moscow “should break ties with partners.