Putin Says Russia Not 'looking For Enemies'

Putin says Russia not 'looking for enemies'

MOSCOW, Dec 1 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 01st Dec, 2016 ) : President Vladimir Putin adopted a conciliatory tone to international rivals in a key speech on Thursday, saying Russia has "never looked for enemies" in the international community. "We do not want confrontation with anyone. It is not needed -- not by us, our partners, the international community," Putin said during an address on the state of the nation. "As opposed to some of our foreign colleagues who view Russia as an adversary, we are not looking, and have never looked, for enemies.

We need friends." In a pointed aside, Kremlin strongman added that Russia would nevertheless "not allow its interests to be infringed upon." Russia finds itself locked in its worst standoff with the West since the Cold War over its 2014 annexation of Crimea, the conflict in Ukraine and lingering disagreements about the conflict in Syria. Putin on Thursday reiterated Moscow's readiness to work with Donald Trump's administration once the president-elect takes office in January. "It is important to normalise and start to develop bilateral relations on an equal and mutually-beneficial basis," Putin said. "We have a collective responsibility to ensure international security and stability."