Putin says anti-Russian sanctions harmful for U.S. and Europe

Russian President Putin delivers speech at session of International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk

ARKHANGELSK, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that anti-Russian sanctions were harmful both for the economies of the United States and Europe.

Putin was speaking at an Arctic forum in northern Russia. Western countries sanctioned Russia due to Moscow’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Kiev and Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis.

(Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva; writing by Polina Devitt; editing by Vladimir Soldatkin)