Putin sounds conciliatory note on visit to annexed Ukraine region Crimea
Published on Aug 14, 2014 9:32 PM
YALTA, Crimea (REUTERS) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russsia would stand up for itself but not at the cost of confrontation with the outside world, a conciliatory note after months of tough rhetoric over the crisis in Ukraine.
Mr Putin was speaking to Russian ministers and members of parliament in Crimea, the Ukrainian region annexed by Russian this year - a stage that led many people to anticipate a major announcement about Ukraine.
But the tone of Mr Putin's comments was low-key and he avoided the kind of barbs that he has previously directed at Western countries during the crisis, which has dragged East-West relations to their lowest ebb since the Cold War.
"We must calmly, with dignity and effectively, build up our country, not fence it off from the outside world," Mr Putin said."We need to consolidate and mobilise but not for war or any kind of confrontation ... for hard work in the name of Russia."
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