Subject of sanctions was raised at APEC and G20 summits but in general terms - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the subject of sanctions was raised at the APEC summit in Beijing and the G20 summit in Brisbane but in general terms.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the subject of sanctions was raised at the APEC summit in Beijing and the G20 summit in Brisbane but in general terms.

"It was raised but in general terms. At bilateral meetings we, naturally, spoke much about Ukrainian problems. It was said that sanctions damage everyone - those against whom attempts of imposing sanctions are made and those who impose them," he said at a Sunday press conference adding that it is clear to everyone that sanctions negatively impact all the sides.

"It was said what should be done to gradually get out of this situation," Putin said.

Putin expects that the countries that decided to impose sanctions against Russia to realize the need to normalize the situation.

"I hope that the realization of the common interest in normalizing the situation will lead us to the solution of all issues and take us to a general road of development and raising the role of international law," he said.

After all, Putin has given his explanation of why he skipped the working lunch of G20 leaders, and asked not to speculate on the issue.

"To avoid any speculations. I did not go to the general lunch but our finance minister stayed there. We have to fly from here to Vladivostok for nine hours and nine more to Moscow. One also has to get home and go to work on Monday. And also sleep for four-five hours," he said.

"I approached [Australian Prime Minister Tony] Tony [Abbot], he showed understanding as there are no other considerations here," Putin said adding that he had time "to say goodbye to some colleagues."

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