“Every cloud has a silver lining,” Putin said commenting on Western sanctions against Russia.
Russia is not willing to oppose any country and does not seek enemies as it needs friends but the country will not tolerate any infringement of its interests, Vladimir Putin said in an annual state-of-the-nation address to the Federal Assembly.
“We do not want any confrontation and we as well as our partners and the world community do not need it,” Putin said.
“In contrast to some Western counterparts who see a rival in Russia, we do not look for enemies and has never done so. We need friends. However, we will not tolerate that our interests are either neglected or infringed.”